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A neglected little gem of 1946: John Arlott and Michael Ayrton's Clausentum
A neglected little gem of 1946: John Arlott and Michael Ayrton's Clausentum

Wed, 27 Mar

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Southampton City Art Gallery

A neglected little gem of 1946: John Arlott and Michael Ayrton's Clausentum

Join Peter Jones for March's illustrated talk on a poetry and art collection inspired by the ruins of wartime Southampton.

Time & Location

27 Mar 2024, 10:30 – 11:30 GMT

Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LY, UK

About the event

March's illustrated talk will look at Clausentum, the book of poetry, drawings, and oil paintings by John Arlott and Michael Ayrton, which arose from their fascination with the ruins of Bitterne Manor House in Southampton during the Second World War.

Peter Jones is a researcher and writer interested in modern and post-War British art, and the dynamic between art and popular culture. He has worked at various UK education institutions, including Southampton Solent University. He was also a research asistant and acting registrar at Southampton City Art Gallery. He's written on British paintings in the City's collections, in particular its holdings of Surrealist art.

About the event:

  • We're meeting in the Lecture Theatre at Southampton City Art Gallery. Everyone's welcome - you don't have to be a member to come to our talks!
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  • Individual admission is £4.00 for FoSMAG members and students,  £6.00 for other non-members.
  • Please be ready to pay in cash or by chip+pin card payment at the door.

Image: Bitterne Manor House, Michael Ayrton, c.1945.

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