Lectures at Bagshaw explore Victorian art

Moonlight scenes and apocalyptic artworks are on the agenda for a series of enlightening lectures at Bagshaw Museum.

Art expert and historian Simon Poë will deliver three illustrated lectures on famous Victorian artists John Martin, John Atkinson Grimshaw and Harold Gilman in the coming weeks.

Paintings by all three artists are also part of the Perspectives exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

John Martin (1789-1854) trained in Newcastle as a coach painter, not an artist – but his huge, apocalyptic paintings offered the Victorians the closest thing to a cinematic, blockbuster experience.

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) was born in Leeds and is known as the ‘painter of moonlight’. One of his atmospheric paintings can be found at the Batley museum.

Harold Gilman (1876-1919) drew inspiration from his own life for his works, with paintings featuring his own flat and even his fiancée.

Mr Poë will begin the lectures with an exploration of John Martin’s art on Sunday at 2pm.

The lecture on John Atkinson Grimshaw will take place on Sunday January 26, and the final lecture on Harold Gilman will take place on Sunday February 9.

Tickets cost £3.50. For more information, call the museum on 01924 326155.