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  • Friends of Ipswich Museums London visit Buckingham Palace Road London, England, SW1W United Kingdom (map)

Following last year’s extremely successful London visit, we have a very special day planned for this summer: a chance to view the extraordinary collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace; lunch at the home of our President, Lady Deben; an exclusive lecture on Van Gogh and then a visit to Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain.

There are only 30 tickets available £65 for members £75 for non members which includes access to the exhibitions, the lecture, lunch with Lady Deben and wine. Members of the Tate or Art Pass Members are asked to contact Jean Attenborrow 01473 213025 before booking.

All travel will be organised independent of the Friends, but for information the first main off-peak Ipswich-London train arrives at Liverpool Street at 10.10am - the outline of the day is as follows:

11.15 am Assemble at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace to biew Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. This exhibition, the largest in over 65 years, marks the 500th Anniversary of teh Renaissance master’s death and brings together more than 20 0 of his greatest drawings, Aquired in 1519 during the reign of Charles II they provide an unparalleled insight into the working of Leonardo’s mind reflecting the true range of his interests including painting, architecture, sculpture, painting, engineering, cartogrophy, geology, anatomy and biology.

1.15 am: Gather at the home of Lord and Lady Deben for drinks on the terrace, if weather permits, and a sandwich lunch. Their home is a short walk from Bukingham Palace (details to be given on the day).

2.45 pm: Make your way on foot, by bus or taxi to Tate Britain.

3.30pm: An exclusive talk about Van Gogh’s relationship with Britain. did you know he was a teacher in Ramsgate, was strongly influenced by John Constable and was infatuatted with the works of Dickens? So much more about the artist’s love affair with Britain will become clear during the lecture.

4.30 pm - 6 pm: Enjoy Van Gogh’s works including Sunflowers, Self Portrait (from The National Gallery of Art Washington) Starry Night on the Rhone (Musee d’Orsay) plus his only image of London Prisoners Exercising (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow), plus works by Constable, Millais, Francis Bacon and others who inspired or were inspired by this great artist.

to book one or more of our 30 tickets please use the form in the summer Newsletter or send a cheque to Jean Attenborrow made out to FoIM with a stamped addressed envelope, 3 Holly Road, IP1 3QN stating the name of the event and how many tickets you require. or email to secure a place.