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Mon, 04 Oct


Widcombe Social Club

Hans Holbein

Lecturer Rosalind Whyte explores the religious and political background of Holbein's times and the impact this had on his life and career as an artist.

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Hans Holbein
Hans Holbein

Time & Location

04 Oct 2021, 11:30 – 12:30

Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA, UK

About the Event

Lecturer Rosalind Whyte

Category Paintings

A general biographical lecture on Holbein, his life - what is known of it - and his work, focusing particularly on his two extended stays in England. This lecture will explore the religious and political background of Holbein’s times and the impact this had on his life and career as an artist. Looking at Holbein’s close links with the court of King Henry VIII during his second visit to England and how his images of the King have done a great deal to establish a certain view of Henry in modern minds. Also exploring the impact that Holbein had on the development of portraiture in this country, to the extent that those who followed him, for example Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), would complain that all English patrons were interested in was ‘their own dull counterfeits’.


Location Widcombe Social Club

Widcombe Social Club is situated at the bottom of Widcombe Hill within walking distance of the Bus and Railway Stations. From the City the quickest route on foot (a 10 minute stroll) is to walk over the foot bridge at the rear of Bath Spa Rail Station. Cross over the A36 at the pedestrian lights and turn left along Widcombe Parade (where there are lots of nice local shops and places to eat).

Cross over the juction with Prior Park Road. The Social Club is on the left at the bottom of Widcombe Hill.

The number 2 bus, from bus stop BK across the road from the train station will take you one stop to Widcombe.

There is very little parking locally. The closest car park is in Southgate which is not far from the Bus Station.



While there is still uncertainty about social distancing or any change in regulations, if we are unable to meet, our lectures will continue online on Zoom. 

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