Scone ADFAS is proud to present this lecture by Peter McPhee, an Australian lecturer, on Tuesday 10 May 2022.
The lecture will examine the harrowing story of an outstanding portraitist caught in the deadly divisions of Revolution. Copley, born in 1783 to poor Irish parents in Boston, became a highly sought after painter of the professional and mercantile elites of this small colonial port. Increasing friction between Britain and her American colonies after 1763 polarised this elite into warring camps. Copley found himself caught between old friends and family and by 1774 had to make a choice which would change his life tragically and permanently.
Date: Tuesday 10th May 2022
Venue: Upper Hunter Shire Council Chambers, 135Liverpool St, Scone
Refreshments will be served after the lecture. All welcome, visitors $30.
Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University from 2003 to 2009.
He has published widely on the history of France during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and its aftermath, for example, A Social History of France 1789-1914 (2004), Robespierre: a Revolutionary Life (2012), and, most recently Liberty or Death: the French Revolution (2016).
Peter is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of Social Sciences. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.
He has lectured to ADFAS societies over many years.
Image and content courtesy of the Scone ADFAS.