Fun at the Kew Horticultural Society Show

Update 30/08/2017

We were incredibly lucky to have glorious weather for the Kew Horticultural Flower & Produce Show on Kew Green last Saturday, now in its 73rd year.

Congratulations to all those hard working volunteers from the Kew Horticultural Society.

Here are a few photos of the day.

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Event Information:

  • Mon
    7:30 pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green

    'Zoffany in Kew'

    The Kew Society is delighted to be joining with the Friends of St Anne's and The Richmond Local History Society, to promote this talk about Zoffany in Kew by Frances Hughes.

    Tickets are available on the door for £4

    Doors open at 7.30pm. Talk 8pm

    John Zoffany (1733-1810) is buried in St Anne's Church graveyard. He lived in Strand on the Green and seems to have enjoyed a somewhat stormy relationship at St Anne's. An immigrant, born Johan Zoffanij, he first made his name as a theatrical painter, patronised by Garrick; he then made a fortune out of his portraits of the royal family. However, his lifestyle was so extravagant that he had to go off to India to make himself another fortune. One of his more famous pictures there, somewhat surprisingly, was a Last Supper, and on his return George III suggested that he paint another one for St Anne's.

    His choice of models was characteristically eccentric. Most of the disciples were appropriately local fishermen - all of whom would be known from then on by their apostolic names! - but he cast himself as St Peter, his own young wife as St John and a prominent member of St Anne's Vestry - a lawyer with whom he had quarrelled over making his will - as Judas Iscariot. (He had played a similar trick in his Indian painting) St Anne's refused to pay unless he agreed to repaint the figure; so Zoffany gave the painting to St George's Brentford. It can now be seen in St Paul's, also in Brentford.

    Frances Hughes is a freelance lecturer in Art and Theatre History for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery and tour guide at the Garrick Club. She is Chair of the Irving Society and Chair of the Henry Irving Foundation and from 1990 to 2010 was Hon. Sec of the Shakespeare Reading Society (founded in 1875). She spent 38 years in education (including 18 as a headteacher)