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The Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading

Redlands Road



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The Art of Beefing It Up

The Art of Beefing It Up June 19th 2017 | 9.30am-6pm

Booking Details

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Date June 19th 2017
Time 9.30am-6pm
Cost £16.30


The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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A one-day conference on How paintings and prints of farm livestock functioned during the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

Spaces are limited, please book by 1 June 2017.


  • 9.30 Registration and Coffee
  • 9.45 Dr Ollie Douglas - Fat Beasts at the Museum of English Rural Life
  • 10.00 Hilary Matthews - The Woburn Sheepshearing
  • 10.45 Professor Lawrence Weaver - The Iconic Paintings of Thomas Weaver
  • 11.30 Break for coffee
  • 11.45 Visit to see relevant paintings, prints, artefacts and archives in the Museum
  • 13.00 Break for buffet lunch
  • 14.00 Alison Wright - Paul Potter on the Thames: Landscape and cattle painting in early-19th century Britain
  • 14.45 Pat Stanley - The Bakewell Effect
  • 15.30 Panel discussion chaired by Dr Jeremy Burchardt
  • 16.00 Tea and departure

Cost includes buffet lunch and refreshments. Special dietary and access requirements can be indicated on the Eventbrite booking.

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