AGM + talk by Jane Short on Artists and paintings in Richmond, Twickenham and Kew

Date(s) - Monday 17 May 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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The AGM and Jane’s talk will be held at Duke Street Church, Richmond and also via Zoom. If you want to attend in person, you must book in advance. To do so, please contact Elizabeth Velluet at

Over the centuries many artists have visited or lived in the Richmond area, inspired by the picturesque scenery of the River Thames, parks, palaces and open spaces.  Some have provided beautiful landscapes, others have concentrated on portraits.  Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Mallard William Turner are of course famous names, but some others that will be mentioned in this talk are lesser known.  We will explore the artists’ local connections and view some of their paintings.

Jane Short

Jane Short has lived in Richmond borough since 1967 and is a longtime member of Richmond Local History Society.  Before retirement she was employed in local government as the Appeals Officer for Hounslow borough.   She became a founder member of Hounslow Heritage Guides in 1993 and continued for 22 years.  Jane qualified as a Richmond Heritage Guide in 1998, becoming Secretary and Training Officer in 2000, both positions she still holds today.

Tonight’s talk was originally researched by Johanna Coombes (a fellow Heritage Guide and late RLHS Membership Secretary) before her sudden and untimely death in March 2020. Jane has agreed to take over the talk, working from Jo’s research notes and adding her own slant to the presentation.