- 400 Event
Monday 14 October | 5.30-9pm
(Open to all)
The fifteenth and final lecture will bring the GE Moore series full circle, with two talks about the work of his brother, and fellow OA, Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-1944), poet, dramatist and wood-engraver.
The evening will begin at 5.30pm in the Old Library (by the Main Gate to the College on the South Circular Road) with an opportunity to view the exhibition called Phoenix and Unicorn. As part of our 400 celebrations the College has commissioned seven bespoke wood-engravings in response to College life past and present and the legacy of Sturge Moore. Phoenix and Unicorn celebrates renewal and integrity, with a display of Sturge Moore’s graphic work, revealing the rich and unfamiliar range of his engravings and book designs, and their context; the curator is Dr Jan Piggott, the College Historian (formerly Head of English and Keeper of Archives). In response to Moore, at the same time we reveal the newly commissioned artworks by prolific wood-engravers working today in the UK and USA.
Following the exhibition, join us at 6.30pm in the Auditorium for two lectures. Sturge Moore’s friendship with Yeats and his literary milieu will be illuminated by the celebrated biographer of Yeats, Roy Foster, Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London. Dr Jan Piggott will talk about his work, with illustrations, in the light of his theories about art and life, his signal role in the revival of wood-engraving and book design, and his circle of artist friends.