Set against the backdrop of the 1935 Silver Jubilee Celebrations of King George V and Queen Mary, this lecture explores that year’s many aspects of decorative and fine art. It examines a range of contemporaneous art forms, from the photographic portraits of Cecil Beaton to Penguin paperback book design, locomotive design, and fashion. Significant works by the Polish-born artist Tamara de Lempicka, which personify the age of Art Deco, are included and we review Art Deco interiors on stylish cruise liners and film sets. We also acknowledge the importance of The Lansdowne Club which opened its doors for the first time on 1 May 1935.
Pamela Campbell-Johnston studied Art History at St Andrew’s University. She has lectured widely and conducted numerous guided tours and focused gallery talks on individual works of art. She is now a freelance art consultant and lecturer, specialising in British Domestic Architecture and Modern British Art and has recently curated a collection for the Lansdowne Club.