Lectures & Courses on Art History

The Lightbox, Woking

Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser—Founders of the Royal Academy

Held at: The Lightbox, Woking
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe


  • Week 1: Saturday 4 December 2021
  • Week 2: Saturday 11 December 2021
Time: 10:30-12:30
Fee: See https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/art-history-masterclass-2021
Description: Angelica won international acclaim as a painter, printmaker, and decorative artist.  She was a Founder Member of the Royal Academy and friend of some of the leading cultural figures of her age, whom she portrayed. Born in Switzerland she trained in Italy, learning from her father. This talk discuss her illustrious career after she came to London in 1766 and stayed for fifteen highly successful years.

Mary was the daughter of George, a Swiss goldsmith, and enameller, who settled in London in c1726. Like her father, she was a founder member of the Royal Academy joining with Angelica Kaufman. I will talk about her art and about how at only 24, she was then the youngest ever RA and in 1805 she was proposed as President. This shows her popularity, principally but not exclusively, for her flower paintings.

ZOOM COURSE 2021-22: Art Through the Ages

Held on: Zoom
Lecturer: Dr. Laurence Shafe


  • Part 1: Wednesday 22 September 2021 – 17 November 2021 (eight classes with a half-term break)
  • Part 2: Wednesday 5 January 2022 – 2 March 2022 (eight classes with a half-term break)
Time: 10:45-11:45 (I will open the Zoom session at 10:35)
Fee: Free
Description: The talks are loosely based on exhibitions held in London between 2019 and 2020. They  combine information about the artists and their works in the context of the social history of the period.

The links (in blue) are to the complete notes for the talks in PDF format.

September to November

  1. The Renaissance Nude
  2. Women Surrealists
  3. Hogarth’s World
  4. Abstract Art in Britain
  5. Art Meets Science
  6. The Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
  7. Russian Art 1890-1930
  8. Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

January to March

  1. Gauguin: His Life and Work
  2. Beardsley Decadence & Death
  3. British Realists in the 1920s and 30s
  4. Pop Art: Warhol and Hockney
  5. George IV: Art & Spectacle
  6. Laura Knight
  7. Turner’s Modern World
  8. The Dutch Golden Age

Recorded Talks