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On the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am we hold a historical talk in King John's House. These talks are given by different speakers on a wide variety of topics.
Wednesday 1 May 10.30am Drawing on Architecture by Pete Jarvis A dictionary definition of the word illustration is:  a picture, design, diagram, etc. used to decorate or explain something. Architectural illustration is about the illustration of buildings and the built environment and how buildings are seen in context. Using numerous examples of his own and others’ artworks, Peter’s talk examines the subject and its legacy from the great watercolour artists and draughtsmen of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to contemporary illustration. From his standpoint as a traditional architectural illustrator, Peter also looks at the illustrator’s role in broad terms and how architectural design is presented in the public domain. Peter Jarvis is an award winning artist and illustrator specialising in architectural illustration for use in the publishing, advertising and building sectors. He has been creating fine art watercolours and commissioned illustrations for over 25 years. He gained an MPhil from the Royal College of Art in Information Illustration in 1997 and has been practicing as a freelance architectural illustrator alongside teaching posts since 1984. He was awarded the prestigious Matt Bruce Memorial Award in 2014 at the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours’ (RI). Peter’s book, Architectural Illustration, was published by Crowood Press in 2018. Peter runs workshops in drawing and watercolour rendering. He is a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustration for which he served two years as President. His watercolours have been exhibited at venues throughout the UK including the Mall Galleries and Bankside Gallery in London as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham, Cambridge and Southampton. He also has work in private collections in the UK and abroad. Peter is an active member of Urban Sketchers Southampton and an occasional tutor at Red Hot Press in Southampton.

Drawing on Architecture

5 Wednesday 10.30am Stonehenge—Not Merlin, nor Giants, nor Little Green Men - An illustrated talk by Mark Udall Following last year’s talk Mark returns to the iconic monument to explore the techniques that may have been used in its construction. In the year in which King John’s House celebrates innovation it seems appropriate to explore the innovative construction techniques used by the highly sophisticated Neolithic people. An assessment is made of what their technology tells us about, what are arguably, our most ancient direct ancestors. In the Neolithic period, formally nomadic Mesolithic peoples began to tame nature and make lasting marks on the landscape many of which can still be seen today


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 Some of our other 2019Monthly Talks are:.

  • 6th March: Is King John’s House Romsey’s oldest stone built house? - What was its origin, past use and history an illustrated talk by Frank Green
  • 3rd April: The Townswomen’s Guild— After the Vote - A potted history of the Townswomen’s Guild from 1929 in this their 90 anniversary year, given byMargaret Parks
  • 1st May: Drawing on Architecture- a talk on Architectural Illustration by Pete Jarvis
  • 5 June: How did they Build Stonehenge? - a talk by Mark Udall
  • 3 July: A View from the Castle - Scottish History from the tenth century to the present day by Gordon Massie
  • 7 August: The Armada by Commodore Adrian Munns
  • 4 September: Hitler and Me - a personal history of Southampton during the Second World War by Barbara Burbridge
  • 2 October
  • 6 November: Florence Nightingale
  • 4 December: The Medieval Farming Year - Mary Harris tells the story of medieval life through the village of Michelmersh
Below are links to small write-ups on some of the previous talks provided: The Long Bow and its Impact on the Battle of Agincourt, by Stephen Whelan. A Brief Introduction to Heraldry, by Malcolm Heathcote. The Battle of Waterloo, By Stephen Whelan. Behind the Scene at the Museum: A Glimpse of Artefacts in Store by Barbara Burbridge  Bare Necessities: A Talk on Victorian Ladies Underwear by Ruth King The Hundred – A Charles Burnett Film