Special Events

Gainsborough's Girls

An illustrated talk by Hugh Belsey

Gainsborough moved from Bath to London in 1774 with his wife, daughters and nephew. He worked from a studio built on to the back of his house in Pall Mall and the pressures of his painting and those of his domestic life must have made the atmosphere lively and tense. This short illustrated talk will set the scene and establish the facts of his situation. It may be something of a contrast to scenes described in Cecil Beaton's play Gainsborough's Girls. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk.

Hugh Belsey is one of the foremost authorities on British eighteenth-century art. After studying at the universities of Manchester and Birmingham he became Curator of Gainsborough's House in Sudbury, a post he held for twenty-three years. During his time there the collections were transformed and when he left he was awarded an MBE.

His catalogue of portraits by Thomas Gainsborough was published in February 2019 when it was described as "an essential work, as impressive as it is weighty". A recent introduction read as follows: "This is Hugh Belsey who knows more about Gainsborough than he did himself".

Sunday 31st March at 7.00

In the Tower Theatre Studio

Admission : free for members and friends and their guests.

Penny Tuerk

To celebrate Penny Tuerk's time and achievements at the Tower there will be a dedicated performance of Deposit on Saturday 6th April at 7.30.

There will be a drinks reception in the bar from 6.00.

Tickets for the performance can be booked through the box office in the normal way.

At the Tower Theatre