Tobin Distinguished Lecture: Sir Roy Strong presents
The 20th-century Coronation and its Legacy
Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm, Chiego Lecture Hall
An official Fiesta Event®
A leading expert in royal festivals and celebrations, Sir Roy Strong is an art historian, broadcaster, diarist, gardener, and writer, who has served as director of the National Portrait Gallery (1967–1973) and Victoria and Albert Museum (1974–1987), both in London. His talk focuses on the evolution of coronations and coincides with the exhibition Fiesta, Fête, Festival, which celebrates courtly and popular spectacles that transform urban spaces (from palace gardens to public squares) into a theatrical stage.
Strong was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London, and the Warburg Institute. He authored Coronation: A History of Kingship and the British Monarchy, The Cult of Elizabeth: Elizabethan Portraiture and Pageantry, Feast: A History of Grand Eating, and The Renaissance Garden in England. In 1971, he married the distinguished designer Julia Trevelayn Oman, and they created a large formal garden at their home in Hereford.
Tickets are available for McNay members $10, nonmembers $20, educators and students with an I.D. $5. Reserve space by calling 210.805.1768 or e-mailing
. Registration deadline: April 11, noon.
This lecture is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.
Photo: Sir Roy Strong. ©John Swannell.