Alfred Stevens 1817 – 1875
Renowned English designer, painter and sculptor Alfred Stevens, born in Blandford in 1817, was sponsored by the rector of Blandford in 1833 to travel and study in Italy, where he developed a passion for Italian art. A significant body of his work is held by the Tate Gallery but his crowning achievement is the Wellington Monument in St Paul’s Cathedral.
To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth there are two major events being held in Blandford. A unique exhibition of his work will be held at Blandford Town Museum, 1st August – 31st October, to include original sketches and drawings held by the Museum and augmented by works on loan from the Drury Collection.
On Saturday 23rd September at 7.30pm Teresa Sladen, an authority on Stevens, will give a talk ‘Alfred Stevens: from Blandford to Italy and back’ at The Corn Exchange.
Admission to both the exhibition at the Museum and to the talk at the Corn Exchange is free.
Booking for the talk is advised, tickets are available from www.blandfordcommunitypromotions.co.uk
The exhibition and talk are sponsored by Blandford Art Society for this joint project with the Town Museum.
For further information please contact Mike Lofthouse 01258 451580.