Exclusively for Members

An Exclusive Online & In-Person Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

Arrive at 3.30pm if attending in person, takes place in the Headley Lecture Theatre
Lecture starts at 4pm for those joining on Zoom

With Matthew Winterbottom, Ashmolean Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts

The artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was one of the leading Victorian painters of his day. His work is most frequently recognised by his theatrical and often light-hearted paintings of scenes of ancient Greece and Rome. His technical ability and rigorous study of the visual aspects of classical antiquity brought him increasing international fame.

In later life, this Anglo-Dutch artist turned his interest to furniture design, and he created a series of extraordinary interiors and furniture in his two main London homes. In 1882 he was commissioned by tycoon Henry Gurdon Marquand to design a spectacular suite of Greco-Roman furniture for the music room in his luxurious New York mansion.

Matthew Winterbottom will talk about this surprising development in Alma-Tadema’s work and illustrate it with some of his sumptuous designs.


Tickets are available to Members only.

This talk will take place both on Zoom (online) and in the Lecture Theatre (in-person) at the Ashmolean.

Tickets are required for both online (£7) and in-person (£15) attendance.


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