Ten Minute Tales
Lunchtime talks from July - September on selected Tuesdays.
As part of the supporting programme for the exhibition Take a Closer Look, which runs from 22 July to 30 September, we will be hosting informal lunchtime sessions on selected Tuesdays at 1pm.
Come along and get a closer look at intriguing objects from the museum's collections. Spare ten minutes in your lunch break to join us in the museum galleries.
One special object will be highlighted in each session. Together we will look more closely at it and share the stories we have about it.
We may find that our ten minute tales turn into twenty!
The sessions will take place on selected Tuesdays from July to September at 1pm.
Free events, but booking is ideal. Please call Heritage Services on 01483 444751 to book a place.
Tuesday 22 August at 1pm
These pastels were used by the Guildford born artist John Russell (1745 - 1806). He was a member of the Royal Academy and pastel painter to King George III.
John Russell attended the Royal Grammar School on the Upper High Street, Guildford. He began his training as a painter at about the age of fifteen when he was apprenticed to Francis Cotes, a leading portrait painter. By 1767 Russell was working on his own in London. From 1769 until his death he exhibited over 300 works at the Royal Academy. Although he was famed for his portraits, particularly those in pastel, John Russell also drew views of Guildford.
Nick Bale from the Friends of Guildford Museum will be talking about John Russell's pastels at our Ten Minute Tales lunchtime talk on Tuesday 22 August.
Find out more about John Russell by visiting our Borough Collection.