• Henley DFAS

The Art of 1935

Thursday 17th June 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online t 10.30am if necessary.
Pamela Campbell-Johnston

Can a single year adequately encapsulate an artistic environment in British art history? This lecture, The Art of 1935, explores that year’s many aspects of decorative and fine art, demonstrating how these artistic forms reflected the period in a fitting and cohesive manner. 

Set against the backdrop of the 1935 Silver Jubilee Celebrations of King George V and Queen Mary, audiences are transported back to this fabulous time and learn about this pivotal year.

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The fully illustrated talk examines the range of contemporaneous art forms; including the work of the celebrated British portrait photographer, Cecil Beaton; magazine, poster and Penguin paperback book design; architecture; Silver Jubilee memorabilia; commemorative stamps; locomotive design and fashion. An exploration of the year 1935 would not be complete without a study of certain significant works by the Polish-born artist Tamara de Lempicka which have come to personify the age of Art Deco.

Tamara de Lempicka 

We also review Art Deco interiors on stylish cruise liners and film sets, as well as acknowledging the importance of The Lansdowne Club which opened its doors for the first time on 1 May 1935. Sporting and motoring trivia are also revealed.


Pamela has an MA Hons Art History from St Andrew's University and over 20 years of lecturing experience to undergraduates, adult groups, and to Friends and Patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts as part of the Adult Education Department's programme of events.  She has conducted numerous guided tours and focused gallery talks on individual works of art and specialises in British Domestic Architecture and Modern British Art.  She has over 12 years' experience at the Royal Academy and is now a freelance art consultant and lecturer, she recently curated a collection for the Lansdowne Club.