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14 November 2019THE RISE & FALL OF NAPOLEON
10 October 2019BIG BEN
12 September 2019THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC
13 June 2019THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY: THE WORLD'S OLDEST COMIC STRIP
09 May 2019GARDEN MAKER: HAROLD PETO
11 April 2019Masonry, Manuscripts & Music
14 March 2019RUSSIA LOOKS AT ITSELF: History through the ages.
14 February 2019SAME OLD, SAME NEW - ART COMPARISON
10 January 2019THE TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY
08 November 2018GETTING UNDER THEIR SKINS - Finding character & story in Renaissance Art
11 October 2018TURNER VERSUS CONSTABLE - The great British Paint-off
13 September 2018THE CAMDEN TOWN PAINTERS
14 June 2018FOOD AND ART THROUGH THE AGES
10 May 2018CHILDREN AS ARTISTS
12 April 2018HOW DO THEY MAKE THAT NOISE? The Opera Singer Phenomenon
08 March 2018THE ART AND CULTURE OF FIN-de-SIECLE VIENNA
08 February 2018THE ART OF APOLOGY & ATONEMENT: How Germany commemorates WW2 in memorials and counter-memorials
11 January 2018FABER & FABER - 90 years of excellence in cover design
09 November 2017CARDIFF CASTLE - In depth, height and behind the closed doors! 7.00pm
12 October 2017THE GLASGOW BOYS 7.00pm
14 September 2017GILES - The life and works of a great cartoonist 7.00pm
08 June 2017THE BOY WHO BIT PICASSO 7.00pm
11 May 2017THE HORSE AND HORSEMAN from George Stubbs (1724 - 1806) to Mark Wallinger (born 1959) 7.00pm
13 April 2017THE TREASURES OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION 7.00pm
09 March 2017IINSPIRED BY STONEHENGE 7.00pm
09 February 2017FOREIGNERS IN LONDON 1526 - 1677 : Artists who altered the course of British Art 7.00pm
12 January 2017HIDDEN CANVASSES - Street Art and the City 7.00pm
10 November 2016FABERGE The Life and work of the World's Greatest Goldsmith 7.00pm
13 October 2016THE HISTORY OF MAGIC through Art and Pictures 7.00pm
08 September 2016The Joys of Impressionism INAUGURAL LECTURE 7.00pm
16 May 2016Great Tarts in Art ? High Culture and the Oldest Profession - a free taster lecture

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THE RISE & FALL OF NAPOLEON Stephen Duffy Thursday 14 November 2019

Stephen was educated at New College, Oxford, and formerly Senior Curator of the Wallace Collection where he had particular responsibility for exhibitions and nineteenth-century paintings. He has given countless tours of the Collection for visiting groups and many lectures on its art and other related subjects. His latest publication, The Discovery of Paris, is a book on early nineteenth-century watercolour views of Paris by major British artists.

The Rise & Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte

Illustrated with many wonderful works of art, this lecture tells the extraordinary story of the rise of the son of a lawyer in Ajaccio, Corsica, to become Emperor of the French before finally being defeated and sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It also attempts to explain the nature of his genius as an administrator and a military commander, assessing his achievements and his failures, his strengths and his weaknesses. Among the topics covered will be his marriage to Josephine de Beauharnais, his relationship with the Duke of Wellington, and his place within history. It is in some ways a very human story, but one which focuses on one of the most remarkable men who has ever lived.