Speaker: Linda Smith
3 November 2015

This lecture includes a mixture of art-historical analysis and scandalous anecdotes. It takes a generally light-hearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality down the ages by examining the portraits and careers of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans.

It also charts the rather complex and ambiguous attitudes of art and society towards the numerous anonymous working girls at the lower end of the scale by investigating how they have been represented in art at different times and places from the 17th to the 20th century.

Linda Smith holds two first-class degrees in Art History and has a special interest in British art and art of the 20th century.

She has taken on various assignments at a wide range of venues including public galleries, secondary schools, universities, cruise liners, and private arts societies in the UK and overseas.

Linda is an experienced gallery guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern where she works as a Guide and Lecturer.