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Open House Event: Thérèse Lessore and the Circus

A graduate of the Slade School of Art and founding member of The London Group, Thérèse Lessore may be one of the most prolific modern artists you have never heard of.

Detail of a painting of a person in a circus ring
‘Miss Lulu’ and ‘Mr Harry’, Circus Scene by Thérèse Lessore; Source: Islington Local History Centre

Drawing on the resources of the Sickert Family Collection at the Islington Local History Centre, Thérèse Lessore and the Circus is an open-house event showcasing some of the artist’s best-known circus paintings which record her experience of attending Islington’s New World’s Fair circus in the 1920s and 1930s. Theatre and art historians Jason Price and Emma Davis will be on hand to shed light on Lessore’s remarkable life and career, as well as some of the circus acts depicted in her paintings. This event is designed to coincide with the artist’s 140th birthday and is in partnership with Islington Festival of Music and Art. 

The event will take place in Islington Museum on Mon 8th July from 2.30 to 4.30pm, with short talks at 3 & 4pm.

Free entry, but spaces limited. Book here.

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