Madly, Badly & Critically Romantic

Friday, 27th September 6:15pm The Collection 10 per ticket

Victorian society embraced art, literature and science. In this two-part author event audiences can learn more about the mercurial mathematician Ada Lovelace, daughter of ‘mad, bad’ Lord Byron, and the influential art critic John Ruskin, contemporary of great artists of the age like JMW Turner.

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Victorian society embraced art, literature and science. In this two-part author event audiences can learn more about the mercurial mathematician Ada Lovelace, daughter of ‘mad, bad’ Lord Byron, and the influential art critic John Ruskin, contemporary of great artists of the age like JMW Turner.

MIRANDA SEYMOUR

In 1815, the clever, courted and cherished Annabella Milbanke married the notorious and brilliant Lord Byron. Just one year later, she fled, taking with her their baby daughter, the future Ada Lovelace. Byron himself escaped into exile and died as a revolutionary hero in 1824, aged 36. The one thing he had asked his wife to do was to make sure that their daughter never became a poet. Ada didn’t. Brought up by a mother, who became one of the most progressive reformers of Victorian England, Byron’s little girl was introduced to mathematics as a means of calming her wild spirits … IN BYRON’S WAKE is Miranda Seymour’s latest book. She is the author of biographies of Mary Shelley, Robert Graves, Ottoline Morrell and Henry James’ literary circle. She has also written novels and a book about her home, Thrumpton Hall in Nottinghamshire.

 

SUZANNE FAGENCE COOPER

‘To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, religion, all in one’ – John Ruskin was the greatest critic of his age: not only of art and architecture but of society and life. His writings – on beauty and truth, on work and leisure, on commerce and capitalism, the glories and the contradictions of life and how to live it – still have a relevance today and can teach us more than ever about how to see the world around us. Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper is Research Curator at York Art Gallery, working on the major exhibition ‘Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud’ and is contributing to #Ruskin200 in commemoration of 200 years since his birth. Suzanne has written extensively on the Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian women, including a bio of Effie Gray (first Ruskin’s then Millais’ wife).

Location

The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP