Colonial Art in India and private visit to Sezincote
Visit and Talk | Longborough Village Hall/Sezincote
Tuesday 16 June 2015 - 10:00 until 17:00
At Longborough Village Hall the Committee will welcome you with refreshments before the 10.30 lecture. With her own family links to India, Rosie Dias, Associate Professor, Dept of Art History, University of Warwick, has studied the visual culture developed by the East India Company to reflect, record and develop its activities in India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During this period, works produced by British professional and amateur artists in India engaged with the landscapes, peoples and cultures that they encountered on the subcontinent. This lecture will explore the motives and practices of these artists in relation to the policies adopted by the East India Company, as they sought to comprehend a vast, culturally-complex, and ultimately unknowable territory.
While lunch is set up, the group can walk up to visit the 12th century church, St James', a Grade 1 listed building including the 19th century chapel designed by Charles Robert Cockerell for the Sezincote family. Back to the Village Hall for a finger buffet before departing to Sezincote for 2.30pm and private tours of the magnificent house, the 'Brighton Pavilion' of the Cotswolds, beloved of John Betjeman, designed in the 19th century in neo-Mughal style, a complement to our earlier lecture. After a stroll through the splendid gardens (mind the elephants), tea and cake in the Sezincote Orangery complete the day.
This event has been organised by the Warwickshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.