6.1 Bedales Art students visit London’s galleries

Last Saturday a group of around 30 students set out from Bedales with art firmly set in their minds. Their destination London, their objective the perusal of the works of such artists as Epstein, Jonathan Yeo, Van Dyke, Holbein, Rubens, Titian, Seurat and Monet. We disgorged from the bus on the Strand and walked the short way alongside the neo classical façade of Saint Martin’s in the field, to the National Portrait Gallery. Here we entered the gallery rooms, to take in the work of the greats such as Holbein, Singer Sergeant and the more contemporary monoliths such as Freud, Epstein, Yeo and Peter Edwards, all artists most prominent to the advancement of our study. The display of Joseph Epstein’s sculptural work was particularly notable as one of our current topics is the study of sculpture and the portrait bust.

From the National Portrait we preceded across Trafalgar square to the National Gallery where we entered the vast world of pre 1900’s artwork. I spent my time in the Italian renaissance of the Sainsbury wing slowly taking in the Wilton Diptych and the work of Bellini, however we also had ample time to take in the rest of the vast collection of the National. After adjourning to St James Park for lunch we spent the rest of the afternoon engrossed in the deepest and most cavernous recesses of the National gallery before emerging simply saturated with culture and ready for our journey home, all of us freshly inspired and enthused by the artwork we had seen. View pictures.

By Alex Yetman, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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