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Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and Tabley House, Knutsford

Tuesday, 4th October 2016

Join us for an exciting day, starting with a visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester (voted Museum of the Year in 2015) with its notable collections of watercolours, sculptures, wallpapers and textiles.

Their art collections include works by Francis Bacon, William Blake, David Hockney, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso together with the marble sculpture ‘Genesis’ by Sir Jacob Epstein.

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme there is a special exhibition called ‘Visions of the Front’ which includes paintings, drawings and prints by Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson, David Bomberg and Henry Lamb, created out of their experiences on the front line of battle. There will also be a presentation by student Art and History volunteers on the Raimondi exhibition. Marcantonio Raimondi (circa 1480-1534) was an Italian Engraver and an important printmaker. He engraved a variety of subject matter from pagan mythology to religious scenes and was strongly influenced by Dürer.

Tabley House

In the afternoon we will drive to Tabley House in Knutsford in time for lunch, followed by our own private tour of the House and Chapel. Tabley is a Palladian mansion and was home to the Leicester family for 700 years (until the mid 1970s).There is, apparently, a fascinating family history including some family gossip! Ours will be the only group on the day. Our guide will take us through the history of the house and highlight some of the great artworks by Turner, Lawrence and Reynolds, together with furniture by Gillow, Bullock and Chipppendale.

Our coach leaves from the Harborne Road end of Yateley Road at 8.00 am. (please arrive at 7.45 am for a prompt departure), returning at approximately 7.00 pm.

Cost: £40 per person
to include travel, lunch, services of personal guides and driver’s gratuity.

Booking is now open. Download Booking Form.

Organiser: Brenda Hyde