Sargent and Fashion Lecture by Dr Richard Stemp

St James the Less Church and Tate Britain

Coffee · Lecture · Lunch · Exhibition

Thursday 29th February 2024


*Fully Booked*

Discover how John Singer Sargent used clothes and costume to depict the identity and personality of those he painted. Sargent often had close relationships with the people he was painting, allowing him to choose or even manipulate the clothes they wore in order to better express his artistic vision. For example, Sargent might paint a heavy coat to be more closely fitted to show a man’s powerful figure, or he might allow a dress strap to slip from a woman’s shoulder hinting at her sensuality. This exhibition explores the importance of fashion in almost 60 of Sargent’s captivating paintings, including major portraits that rarely travel. Also on display will be several period garments that were worn in the portraits shown in the exhibition.

The lecture  will prepare you for the exhibition so that you can make the most of your time in the gallery and gain the greatest insight into the works. Please join us for lunch afterwards at Osteria Dell’Angolo.

Order of Events

10.30 Coffee at St James the Less

11.00 Lecture for Artemisia Members in the Monk Room at St James the Less Church by Dr Richard Stemp

12.30 Lunch at Osteria Dell’Angolo

14.00 Exhibition at Tate Britain – Sargent and Fashion


Coffee                                                                                                 Complimentary

Lecture                                                                                               £27.00 + (£2.47 booking fee)

Lecture and Lunch (2 courses, wine and coffee)              £72.00 + (£5.59 booking fee)


Please note you must purchase your own tickets to the exhibition from the Tate Britain website. This allows you to choose the time you want to enter and to use any discounts or memberships you may have.

Sargent and Fashion | Tate Britain

If you would like further information please email me on [email protected] or call 01379 871800.