As part of the programme accompanying the current Pushkin House exhibition, Akhmatova. Anrep. Berlin. join art historian and Boris Anrep specialist Jane Williams for a guided visit to two of Anrep’s most famous works in London: the mosaics at the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square and at Westminster Cathedral.
We will meet at the main entrance to the National Gallery at 10am and after Jane has talked to us about the mosaics in the Portico we will walk down through St James’s Park to Westminster Cathedral (on Victoria Street) to see the Anrep mosaics in the crypt there, finishing between 12:00 and 12:30.
Boris Anrep (1886-1969), the Russian mosaicist arrived in England during the early decades of the twentieth century. He gained an entrée into the Bloomsbury group through the artist, Henry Lamb with whom he had trained in Paris. He not only selected the Russian contribution to Roger Fry’s Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition but was also the impetus for Bloomsbury’s interest in the Byzantine. Anrep moved within an extensive circle of friends, encompassing both the artistic and the literary worlds, resulting in a duality that is observed in his works. His public commissions in London include schemes for the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery and Westminster Cathedral.
Jane Williams is a PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Reading. Her dissertation, ‘The Mosaic Portraits of Boris Anrep, 1913-1955’ will be submitted later this year. She teaches History of Art at Wychwood School, Oxford.