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The Cambridge Society of West Cheshire and North Wales
A Meeting to Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Founding of the University of Cambridge.
Twenty-seven Cantabs and their guests, visited the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight on Saturday 12 September 2009.
Dr Eugenie Fernandes (King’s (PhD 1998))of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology in the University of Liverpool, accompanied by Ms Jeanette Timmons B.A. of the Information Team of the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, conducted a warmly received tour of the Gallery on the theme ‘The Grand Tour’.
They gave an introduction to the nature of the Grand Tour and its participants and then illustrated this by a visit to the Antique Greek Pottery Gallery, followed by one to the outstanding Wedgwood Gallery, reputed to be the finest of its kind.
This, in turn, was followed by a scholarly commentary on a selection of the pictures relevant to The Grand Tour. Particular attention was paid to those which illustrated the classical poets, such as Theocritus and Virgil including two painted by Richard Wilson, who came from nearby Flintshire and is buried at Mold.
Finally attention was given to the acquisition of furniture on The Grand Tour, examples of which can be seen in the Gallery and leading to comment about Sir William Hamilton and Lady Emma, who was born Emily Lyon, most likely at Ness on the Wirral.
At a luncheon in the Gallery’s restaurant which followed the tour, the Latin Grace of King’s College was said by Brian Lewis (King’s) and the Toast to “The University of Cambridge in its 800th Year” was proposed by Jane Cambidge (Girton).
Added: 21 September 2009
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