The Jewish Museum | 1109 5th Ave
Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:30 – 8 pm
James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture
Tessa Murdoch, grew up with Sargent’s 1896 portrait of her great-grandmother Adèle Meyer and her two children Elsie and Frank. In this lecture she will give an illustrated account of Adèle’s life as the wife of a leading financier and mother, as well as her role as philanthropist and society hostess drawing on the family archive of letters, sketches, and photograph albums. These sources provide remarkable insight into Edwardian family life of these well-established first generation immigrants to Britain, with their homes in Mayfair and at Shortgrove, Newport, Essex.
Tessa Murdoch received her PhD on ‘Huguenot artists, designers and craftsmen in Great Britain and Ireland, 1680-1760’ at Westfield College, University of London, 1982. At the Museum of London from 1981 she curated the exhibition The Quiet Conquest: The Huguenots 1685-1985. She was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1988. She joined the V&A in 1990, working in Furniture and Woodwork for eleven years before taking up the post of Deputy Keeper in the newly combined department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass in 2002. She was lead curator for the V&A’s 2005 Sacred Silver and Stained Glass Galleries and the 2009 Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries.
The James L. Weinberg Distinguished Lecture is made possible by the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg.
Tickets: $15 General; $12 Students and Seniors; $10 Members