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Art, Music Hall and Circus in the Belle Epoque

On Saturday 24th October from 11am to 4pm at the National Gallery in London, there will be a study day of art, music hall and circus in the Belle Epoque.

The spectacle of light, colour, movement, and sound in music hall and circus performance was a source of inspiration to British and French artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

From trick-riding to trapeze,  the day will look at the sheer variety and ingenuity of circus and music hall acts and how they inspired the Impressionists and others, to innovate.

Join distinguished National Gallery experts, art historians, and curators for a study day featuring talks on Edgar Degas’s celebrated painting of Miss La La and Walter Sickert’s  extraordinary music hall paintings, among others.

Comic song was at the heart of music hall; for a rousing finale, there are limited places for participants to enjoy a special visit to Wilton’s Music Hall from 6pm for a historic talk and a traditional Cockney-Sing-A-long, to recreate the atmosphere at this earliest surviving East End music hall.

Participation is highly recommended. Refreshments provided (lunch not included).

Tickets available from National Gallery:

Study day only: £35/£32 concessions/£30 Members

Study day with visit to Wilton’s Music Hall: £45/£42 concessions /£40 Members


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