Nicholas and Alexandra of Russia by Douglas Skeggs
Lecture | Lubenham Lodge
Tuesday 19 November 2013 - 18:00
Few stories in the 20th Century have caught the imagination more powerfully than the tragic life and execution of Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs. Throughout his life Nicholas was shadowed by disaster. He allowed his wife, Alexandra, to fall under the spell of mystical cults and charlatans, including the peasant monk Rasputin. When the war threatened to destroy the nation and with the people on the brink of revolution, Nicholas was forced to sign his abdication. After captivity in one of his palaces, the Imperial family were moved out to the east and ultimately were all assassinated in a cellar.
Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980. He is well known for his witty, erudite talks, delivered at a wide variety of venues, including the MI5 headquarters. He frequently lectures overseas and often leads art tours. He helped set up the Abercrombie and Kent Private Label Tours and is presently cultural adviser to Ultimate Travel.
Douglas has written and presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on Whistler and the video for the exhibition, William Morris. He has published five novels and a book on Monet, River Light.
This event has been organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.