Lunchtime talk 160: John Orlando Parry – an eminently neglected Victorian (Brian Maidment)

Date(s) - 25th Sep 2017

Chapel Arts


Streetscene_ParryTo complement The Wilson’s Victoria in Paris exhibition, the first talk in our autumn programme will look at the life and works of John Orlando Parry, a neglected but fascinating Victorian artist, performer, musician and composer. He was a caricaturist as well as a water colour painter, and knew Dickens well.

Our speaker is Professor Brian Maidment whose research interests are nineteenth century popular and illustrated literature, especially Victorian periodicals, and early nineteenth century visual culture. He is currently writing a detailed study of the artist and engraver Robert Seymour, who was the first illustrator of Dickens’s Pickwick Papers, and his previous publications include Comedy, Caricature and the Social Order 1820-1850; Dusty Bob – A Cultural History of Dustmen 1780-1870; Reading Popular Prints 1790-1870; and The Poorhouse Fugitives: Self-Taught Poets and Poetry in Victorian Britain.

This talk will be the first to be held in our new venue at Chapel Arts, Knapp Road, GL50 3QQ, a few minutes’ walk from The Wilson. This former Baptist chapel has been modernised and restored by Ian James, a member of the Friends, formerly of Martins Gallery in Montpellier. It is now a beautiful arts space which is also playing host to a wide range of events.

Cost: £15 for talk and buffet lunch, £8 for talk only.

There are two ways to book and pay – our preference is for payment via online banking.

Online: please send an email to with Luncheon Club 160 in the subject line, stating how many places you require, and transfer the correct amount to our bank account: sort code 30-91-87, account no 00005816, using LC160 plus your surname as a reference so that we can identify your payment.

By post: please download a Booking Form and send it together with a cheque payable to Friends of The Wilson and a sae or clearly written email address to Mrs Alison Pascoe, 77 Naunton Lane, Cheltenham, GL53 7AZ.

If you have any queries, please ring Alison on 01242 519413.