A Marriage of Minds: John Betjeman and John Piper
A lecture by Professor Frances Spalding CBE
10 September 2020, 18:15 - 20:30
This event is postponed until spring 2021 - further details will follow, thank you for your patience.
Join the SPAB and the Betjeman Society for an evening lecture by Professor Frances Spalding CBE. The lecture will explore the personal friendship and creative collaborations of poet, architectural commentator and broadcaster Sir John Betjeman and artist John Piper. Described as "a marriage of minds, a perfect combination of sympathies" their shared love of 'unfashionable architecture' and the country's landscape coloured both their own work and the Shell Guide travel books on which they worked together from the 1930s - 1950s.
Presented as part of the SPAB’s celebration of 30 years of its John Betjeman Award for excellence in conservation and repair at places of worship, this event includes an opportunity to view historic material from the SPAB's archive relating to John Piper's creation of an image of Inglesham Church, Wiltshire, for the JBA winner's certificate.
Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer specialising in twenteith century art, a past editor of The Burlington Magazine and now Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall,Cambridge. Her many books include John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art (Oxford University Press, 2017).
The lecture will be followed by an informal drinks reception
Booking Terms & Conditions
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