A tour of London’s art galleries

On Thursday 23 February, the LVI History of Art classes visited a number of important collections in London. The trip began at the V&A, where the girls spent the morning studying many different sculptures, working on their visual analysis skills. After lunch, the group headed to the Courtauld Gallery. Accompanied by a guide, they had the opportunity to view some of the most important Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings they have been studying in the classroom. Favourites included Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Gauguin’s Nevermore, and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.

Pausing briefly to consider the Royal Courts of Justice, the group continued on down the strand to the National Gallery. Surrounded by paintings studied this term, the girls had the chance to compare the landscapes of Constable and Turner and the genre paintings of Hogarth and Gainsborough.

The day trip was a lovely taster for the week-long History of Art trip to Florence and Rome which will take place at the start of the Easter holidays.