Antiquities expert Lars Tharp was a guest speaker at the Arts Society Benahavis


ANTIQUE expert Lars Tharp was a guest speaker at the Arts Society Benahavis meeting on Tuesday 26th April.

Many will recognize him for his regular appearances on the popular BBC TV program Antiques Tour but for this lecture he was talking about one of his favorite artists William Hogarth and his misadventures.

Under the title Five men behaving badlyhe told the story of five days in 1732, when five friends visited the towns of Medway in Kent and their drunken antics were recorded by participant Ebenezer Forrest, whose lines set the scene with “We all got together happily returned to Friendsbury”.

Forest’s diary was bound with watercolors and completed by fellow travelers, Samuel Scott and William Hogarth and the resulting sixteen-page narrative transports readers to a corner of Kent in the 18th century.

The Danish-born expert captivated his audience and contributed a signed copy of his recent book Hogarth’s China to a raffle which was won by a delighted Lynda Woodin.

Following the well-attended event, some of the attendees joined Lars for dinner at the local restaurant Rufinos.

To find out more about Lars, go to and visit to find out about future conferences and how to register.

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