22January 2025

John Singer Sargent: The Private Radical

Gavin Plumley

Whether drawing Duchesses or portraying Princes, Sargent’s luxurious canvasses mirrored his subjects’ wealth, but beneath this dazzling veneer lurks a much more modern approach and we will hear about the artist’s life and prolific output in an era that he represented, on the cusp of seismic change.

Gavin Plumley

The Times named Gavin a ‘leading cultural historian’. Known for his work on Central European art and music, Gavin’s writing, broadcasting and lecturing projects span various periods and disciplines. His widely acclaimed first book, A Home for All Seasons, is out now, while his other recent projects include Klimt and the Kiss, shown in cinemas worldwide and on Sky Arts.

Gavin is a regular contributor to Country Life – as well as opera and concert programmes around the world. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and Monocle 24. Gavin lectures widely and has recently given talks for the Hay Festival, the Royal Philharmonic Society, the National Trust, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the National Theatre, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum, Tate, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House.