John Singer Sargent 1903, James E Purdy, Oscar Wilde before 1900, Unknown Photographer. James Abbott McNeill Whistler before 1896, Unknown Photographer.
Tuesday 2 October 2018
WHISTLER, WILDE & SARGENT, THE TALENT IN TITE STREET
PRESENTED BY JENNIFER TOYNBEE-HOLMES
London’s Tite Street was one of the most influential artistic quarters in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A staggering amount of talent thrived in just this one street in Chelsea including James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Oscar Wilde and John Singer Sargent.
Throughout it’s dynamic and turbulent history Tite Street mirrored the world around it. From the aesthetic movement through the struggle for women’s suffrage to the bombs of the Blitz in the 1940s, it remained home to innumerable artists and writers. It wasn’t, however, without its dark side. Here Whistler was bankrupted, Oscar Wilde imprisoned and Frank Miles was sent to an asylum.
This lecture ties together the private and professional lives of its inhabitants to form a colourful tapestry of art and intrigue.
Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is an experienced guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and lectures at various art societies and institutions. She has a special interest in British art of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Having gained an MA in film and television practice, Jennifer had a long-standing career spanning twenty years as a television producer/director making documentaries and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She was also a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck, University of London and a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society.