“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Richard Clay to Lichfield on Sunday for a talk on this most interesting subject, and the start of what promises to be an excellent lecture series this winter.”The series continues with director of the Foundling Museum Lars Tharp on Hogarth in November, and Art Historian Tom Duncan on Joshua Reynolds in the New Year. Dr Clay’s lecture takes place at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £3.50 and include refreshments and a slice of homemade cake. Tickets can be purchased on the door.
The Johnson Society’s winter lectures are returning to Lichfield. The series kicks off on Sunday (October 31) at Darwin Hall when Dr Richard Clay will be talking on Matthew Boulton and the Art of Making Money. The lecture will be the first of three on the theme of art and visual culture in Johnson’s century. Dr Clay lectures at the University of Birmingham and is a specialist on art and society in the 18th Century. The title of his talk in Lichfield comes from the 2009 exhibition which he curated for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations marking the death of the great industrialist Matthew Boulton. Chairman of the Johnson Society Peter Barrett said: