february, 2024

sun04feb2:00 pm3:00 pmEvent OverHand on Hip with a Parrot: A Talk on Joseph Highmore’s Portrait of Joseph PettiferArt Collection Talk

Event Details

An illustrated talk by artist Cally Trench about the Museum’s charming portrait of a young man with a parrot, Joseph Pettifer, painted by a popular 18th-century portrait painter,  Joseph Highmore.

Joseph Pettifer belonged to a wealthy and powerful local family, some of whom had been mayors of High Wycombe, as is recorded in a wall monument in All Saints’ Church. Young Joseph died in 1748 at the age of 19, three years after this portrait was painted.

Joseph Highmore (c1692 – 1780) was well-regarded portrait painter, who also painted ‘conversation pieces’ and scenes from Samuel Richardson’s best-selling novel ‘Pamela’.

The talk will include a discussion of the multi-layered symbolism of parrots in art and the meanings of the hand-on-hip posture.

The portrait can be seen in Wycombe Museum’s Art Gallery.

This talk is free to attend. Please consider making a donation if you are able to do so.

Suggested donation £5 per person.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Wycombe Museum

Priory Avenue

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Suggested donation £5 per person

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