Arts Society Talk

Published: 02/05/2024 By Allan Fuller

The next talk to be hosted by The Arts Society South West London will be given by Geri Parlby and will look at the work in stained glass of William Morris and his friends. 

At the height of the great Gothic revival in church architecture in the 19th century, stained glass windows enjoyed a renaissance. Already famous for their innovative designs, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox-Brown were responsible for some of the most beautiful windows of the 19th and 20th centuries. 

This lecture will look at the history of how ‘The Firm’ brought church windows to life with new vibrant colours and sensuous designs that often used portraits of their friends and lovers as models for the languid faces of the saints and the holy family.

Geri Parlby is a former Fleet Street journalist. She has a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton University. She has lectured for the past 18 years both in the UK and abroad and is principal lecturer.

The lecture takes place at 8pm on Monday 13 May at Dryburgh Hall

The talk will also be available to watch on zoom and you can find details details of how to register on the society’s website.

If you have never attended an Arts Society lecture before you are urged to join and find out about your local Arts Society. Visit the society’s website for further details.