Confronting the Paradox:

Explosive Advances in Art, Architecture, Music, and Literature in “Victorian” England

Six Sundays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29, and November 5 and 12, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Room A201, 6221 Main Street

The term “Victorian” once suggested earnest, stolid, and constrained ideas and behavior. Paradoxically, many scholars consider the Victorian period to be a second English Renaissance - years in which new ideas about aesthetics, society, ideology, politics, science, technology, and religion exploded onto the scene. Members of the Victorian creative class - architects, artists, literati, musicians, and photographers - were at the forefront of this renaissance and lived in a tight-knit community in London, cultivating, sharing, and supporting each others’ work.

Newell Boyd is a former fellow of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and a member of England’s Royal Historical Society. He is formerly a professor of history and director of the Liberal Studies Programs at Houston Baptist University. His primary teaching field is Victorian Britain and the British Empire. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University and has done post doctoral study at Oxford University, Birmingham University, and the University of Edinburgh.

October 8: Architecture
Champions of the Gothic Revival, A. W. N. Pugin and Sir Gilbert Scott, among others

October 15: Visual Arts
Founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Millais, as well as John Waterhouse, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Aubrey Beardsley

October 22: Music
Highlighting the work of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan (now triumphantly hailed together as Gilbert and Sullivan) and Sir Charles Parry, one of the most prolific Victorian composers

October 29: Literature
Exposing social concerns and innovations in works by Christina Rossetti; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; John Ruskin; Charles Dickens; Elizabeth Gaskell; Thomas Carlyle; and Benjamin Disraeli

November 5: Photography
Julia Margaret Cameron, pioneer of portrait photography, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), and John Thomson, early travel and social documentary photographer

November 12: William Morris
The multifaceted creative genius associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement, who was a writer, painter, architect, poet, sculptor, publisher, and social reformer

Oscar Wilde, the subject of the Wilde about Oscar seminar, was a great proponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. To read lectures given by William Morris and Oscar Wilde on this subject, please visit Founders Of The Arts and Crafts Movement.

For much more on all aspects of Victorian society and culture, please explore The Victorian Web.


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Upcoming is Spring 2018! 

West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100
Two Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private residence directions to subscribers
A few seats available


Farming Wonders in Richmond, Texas
Saturday, March 24
Details to subscribers
A few seats available


What's on Lisa Falkenberg's Mind
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Hermann Park, 1500 Hermann Drive, 77004


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.


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