A Pageant Truly Play'd: Constance Smedley and Maxwell Armfield, Writers and Artists

Wed, 27 Jul


Southampton City Art Gallery

A Pageant Truly Play'd: Constance Smedley and Maxwell Armfield, Writers and Artists

Join writer Tessa West for an illustrated talk on the artistic couple Constance Smedley and Maxwell Armfield. Admission: £4.00 FoSMAG member / £6.00 non-member.

Time & Location

27 Jul, 10:30 – 11:30 BST

Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre Rd, Southampton SO14 7EJ, UK

About the event

Maxwell Armfield and Constance Smedley were an unorthodox couple who both studied at Birmingham School of Art in the late 1900s. They met some years later and married in 1911. Both were highly accomplished in the arts – painting and writing. Tessa West’s double biography traces their lives and artistic careers, living in London, the Cotswolds and in California where their endeavours from embroidery to teaching drama, and to exhibitions of art attracted much interest and critical acclaim.

About Tessa West: I am a writer who lives in Suffolk. I’ve written two other biographies, and I’m currently seeking another subject. Finding someone you want to spend many months with can be tricky, made particularly complicated if there is hardly a market. But when I’ve found that interesting person - or people, in this case - my antennae are already alert and that is where I find the first pleasure of the chase: research.

Event Details:

  • The talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre at Southampton City Art Gallery.
  • Social distanced seating will be in place. Please let us know you're coming by clicking the Register button below.
  • Admission fees are £4.00 (individual FoSMAG member) and £6.00 (individual non-member).
  • Please be ready to pay in cash at the door.

Image: Central Park, New York, Maxwell Armfield (1916). Southampton City Art Gallery. 

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