Art and Architecture in Oxford: Pissarro exhibition at the Ashmolean and tour of the Bodleian Library

Date(s) - 23rd Mar 2022
All Day

Ashmolean Museum


Linked to our February talk, ‘Pissarro: Father of Impressionism’ by Nick Nelson, we invite you to join us on this coach tour to view this major exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) is one of the most celebrated artists of nineteenth-century France and a central figure in Impressionism. Considered a father-figure to many in the movement, his work was enormously influential for many artists, including Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne. This major exhibition, of works drawn from the Ashmolean’s collection as well as international loans, will span Pissarro’s entire career. We will visit the museum in the morning.

After free time for lunch, we move on to the Bodleian Library (a 10-minute walk from the Ashmolean) for a private guided tour of the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture built between 1424 and 1488. Featuring a beautiful stone carved ceiling and furnishings dating back to 1669, it is the university’s oldest teaching room. We will also visit Duke Humfrey’s library, the oldest library room of the Bodleian Library; Convocation House, an impressive seventeenth-century meeting room; Chancellor’s Court, the university’s imposing former courtroom where students were put on trial by the university for their misdemeanours and high jinks; and The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford’s most iconic building and a beautiful piece of classical architecture. The tour will take about an hour.

Due to restricted space in both venues, we will be visiting with timed tickets in smaller groups. There are refreshments available at both the Ashmolean and Bodleian Library.

Group leaders: Sue Pearce & Martha Alleguen

Included in this tour: Coach travel, entrances to special exhibition at the Ashmolean and its collections; private guided tour of the Bodleian Library and associated buildings.

Pick up points: 08:40 Evesham Road (Pump Room bus stop townbound); 08:50 Royal Well Coach Station; 09:00 Six Ways, by St Edwards School.

We will leave Oxford at about 4 p.m.

Price per person: £40 or £34 for Art Fund Members (proof of membership to be shown on the day)

Image: Design for a fan: The Pea Stakers by Camille Pissarro (1890) © Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

If you have any questions please phone Martha on 01242 526601.

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