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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Artists Rifles regiment discussed

A British Army regiment which counted local-born artist Frederick, Lord Leighton among its earliest members, is the focus of the next lunchtime talk at Scarborough Art Gallery on Wednesday 10 February.

Bill Blake, president of Scarborough Art Society will present a short illustrated history of The Artists Rifles Volunteers, a regiment formed in the mid 1800s by a group of artists and which served with distinction during the First World War.

Leighton eventually became the regiment’s commanding officer and achieved the highest status in the art world as president of The Royal Academy.

Bill said: “The name Artists Rifles conveys a conflict of purpose: artists being creative whilst soldiers are potentially destructive. These eminent and accomplished artists dispelled this contradiction.”

Meanwhile, work by members of Scarborough Art Society, along with Cayton Art Club and Yorkshire Coast College, forms the latest exhibition at the gallery, Across the Dales and Coastal Trails, until 13 March.

Tickets for the lunchtime talk cost £2 and are available by calling the gallery on 01723 374753. Further information about the gallery's events: www.scarboroughmuseumstrust.org.uk

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