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Artists & Soldiers: Lunchtime Talk at Scarborough Art Gallery

Some of the Artists Rifles Volunteers in 1878, with Lord Leighton (centre front)

A British Army regiment which counted amongst its earliest members the Scarborough-born artist Frederick, Lord Leighton, is the subject of the next talk at Scarborough Art Gallery.


Bill Blake, president of Scarborough Art Society will present a short illustrated history of The Artists Rifles Volunteers, a regiment formed in the mid 1800s by a group of artists and which served with distinction during the First World War.  Amongst the original volunteers was Frederick Leighton, born in Scarborough, eventually the regiment’s commanding officer, and who was to achieve the highest status in the art world as President of The Royal Academy.

Bill says:
“The name Artists Rifles conveys a conflict of purpose: artists being creative whilst soldiers are potentially destructive. These eminent and accomplished artists dispelled this contradiction.” 

The talk will take place at Scarborough Art Gallery at 12.30pm on Wednesday 10 February; tickets cost £2, and are bookable in advance by calling the gallery on 01723 374753.

Work by members of Scarborough Art Society, along with Cayton Art Club and Yorkshire Coast College, forms the latest exhibition at the gallery, Across the Dales and Coastal Trails, until 13 March.

The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm, plus Bank Holidays.

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