Thursday 27 June 2013 2.30pm

Monet and Boudin introduce us to the world of the seaside, but within a generation, Philip Wilson Steer, our finest Impressionist after Turner, took on the British mantle. The first British seaside resort was, improbably, Scarborough, nearly 300 years ago;
later came Brighton. The NADFAS AGM has been held at Scarborough and Eastbourne, so the lecture will give an interesting insight into the growth of such resorts. We see this through the eyes of Victorian painters such as Frith, Wyllie and Berthe Morisot; in the 20th century we find Picasso, Stanley Spencer, Dorothea Sharp (above), Dame Laura Knight, Sickert and the Newlyn School. In addition, there are splendid railway posters from between the wars: the period of Art Deco. Nicholas will use locally relevant posters, many of them commissioned from Royal Academicians.

Nicholas is the author of five books on the Impressionists in England and wales, and one on Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames. He is the Founder Chairman of the Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe and a former Chairman of the Alliance of Literary Societies

Mr Nicholas Reed