The Arts Society, Henley – Henley Standard


On Thursday March 17, the Arts Society Henley will gather to hear a talk by Stephen Duffy on ‘The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte’.

Illustrated with many wondrous works of art, this lecture tells the extraordinary story of the rise of a lawyer’s son in Ajaccio, Corsica, to become Emperor of France before ultimately being defeated and sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South. Atlantic.

It also attempts to explain the nature of his genius as an administrator and military commander, assessing his achievements and failures, his strengths and weaknesses.

Topics will include his marriage to Josephine de Beauharnais, his relationship with the Duke of Wellington and his place in history.

In some ways it’s a very human story, but one that centers on one of the most remarkable men who ever lived.

Stephen was previously Senior Curator of the Wallace Collection, where he was responsible for exhibits and paintings from the 19th century, among other things. He has given countless tours of the collection for visiting groups and numerous lectures on his art and other related subjects.

His latest publication, The discovery of Pariss, is a book on early 19th century Paris watercolors by great British artists.

The meeting will take place in the ballroom of the Phyllis Court Club in Henley (no need to be a club member), once at 10.45am and again at 2.15pm, and will last one hour.

Visitors and new members of the society are welcome to join us.

We are asking for a donation of £10 for the conference.

For more information or to reserve a place, please send an e-mail to monnik.vleugels@


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