TALK & SUPPER: with Painting Specialist & Art Historian Richard Ormond CBE


Friday 17 May 2019

On the eve of the Wylye Valley Art Trail opening, we are delighted to be joined by Richard Ormond CBE, who was the 19th century curator and latterly the deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1975 until 1983, he is currently the Chairman of the Trustees of the Watts Gallery. Richard is also a Victorian painting specialist with a particular interest in John Singer Sargent and Lord Leighton.

Richard is the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent and has written several books on him and other famous painters. His grandmother was the subject of many artworks by Sargent.

With 900 oil paintings, over 2000 watercolours and countless sketches, Richard began the unenviable task of cataloguing the collection of Sargent’s works. The project spanned thirty-six years and encompassed many adventures including trekking in the Rockies to find the exact place where Sargent painted, exploring Venetian canals and crossing the Palestine desert.

There is the opportunity to join Richard for supper afterwards in our Mess Restaurant.


Asparagus, pea & wild garlic pure, fried crispy egg

Roast chicken, field mushrooms & tarragon sauce
New potatoes & heritage carrots
Kale infused garlic oil

Rhubarb & strawberry pavlova

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