Sat 2nd Feb 10.30am (60m)
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, £3
Said to be Britain's favourite artist, J M W Turner visited Wolverhampton in 1794 and Dudley in 1830. The contrasting watercolours he produced after his visits have become emblematic of the areas. Wealth, industry, art, culture and the 1902 Wolverhampton Art & Industry Exhibition provide a backdrop for exploration of his works as symbols of transition into a new time, meaningful to us today.
This talk by Brendan Clifford also connects back to the literature festival of the turn of the twentieth century and the influence of Laurence Hodson, a Wolverhampton businessman and one time resident at Compton Hall (now Hospice). It follows a presentation given to the Black Country Society on 28th November at the Dudley Canal Portal Trust