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Brilliant Destiny: The Age of Augustus John


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Uncover the extraordinary rise, troubled relationships, and eventual decline of Augustus John, Britain’s acclaimed artist with Dr. David Boyd Haycock.

Join us for a fascinating journey through the life of Augustus John, Britain’s acclaimed draughtsman and central figure in the artistic avant-garde, as Dr. David Boyd Haycock reveals the untold story of his rapid rise to fame, troubled relationships, and eventual decline in his upcoming talk on his new book, Brilliant Destiny: The Age of Augustus John.

Be captivated by his biography, set to be published by Lund Humphries in July this year, and discover the tale of John’s overlooked sister, the artist Gwen John. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to delve into what Percy Wyndham Lewis dubbed ‘the Augustan decade’.

There will be a book signing after the talk until 7:30pm, giving you the chance to meet David and purchase a copy of his new book.

Book tickets


Tickets cost £15 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Our galleries, including the Gwen John: Life and Art in London and Paris exhibition will be open until 8pm. If you would also like to visit the exhibitions, you can book your a half-price ticket here. (Entry to the galleries is not included in event ticket).

Speaker bio - David Boyd Haycock

Black and white photograph of a man sat looking to the left with his left fist resting on his chin. He holds a book open in his right hand.

Dr. David Boyd Haycock is an established author and curator, specializing in British art and culture from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century. His 2009 book, A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War, was ‘Book of the Week’ in The Guardian, and was short-listed for best non-fiction book of the year by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. He is also the author of Lucy Kemp-Welch: The Breath of Life (published April 2023), and curator of the accompanying exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth, which runs from spring to autumn 2023.

Educated at the Universities of Oxford, Sussex and London, David is a Visiting Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, and an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society.