The English Country House II: Restoration to Palladian
30 Oct - 20 Nov 2017
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
This course traces the development of the country house from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 until the mid-18th century. We will look at the stylistic and social changes which led the modest Dutch-influenced country houses of the 1660s and 1670s to be succeeded by great Baroque palaces, such as Chatsworth, Boughton and Petworth at the end of the 17th century. Their grand interiors were very much in the French taste, as were the formal gardens with canals and avenues stretching into the distance.
By the 1720s a new and more rigorous style was emerging, looking back to Ancient Rome through the vision of the 16th-century Italian architect, Palladio, and Inigo Jones, the early 17th-century royal architect. Lord Burlington, a leader of taste and an amateur architect who designed his own villa at Chiswick, promoted this style through his publications, including a new translation of Palladio’s Quattro Libri dell’Archittetura. This Italianate style was matched by looser garden designs, as promoted by another Burlington protégé, William Kent.
The Palladian style dominated for decades until a reaction came in: not so much for major houses as for minor buildings, especially in parks and gardens. Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill used fanciful mouldings and decorations, loosely drawn from medieval buildings, to produce a highly original and delightful rambling house of middling size. Some country house interiors adopted a Rococo style, taking ideas from France or even China, and incorporating fanciful plasterwork and Chinoiserie decoration. The grounds were no longer set out in formal manner, but were apparently natural landscapes, dotted with garden buildings which might resemble medieval ruins or classical temples.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. Post-Restoration & Baroque: The Country House 1660 -1720
ii. The Palladian Country House & the Rule of Taste
iii. The Rise of the Picturesque: Gothick & Rococo in House & Garden
Short Study Course Location:
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
Please note that one or more sessions may be at another location if for example they involve a gallery visit. This will be indicated in the session details.
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Each Short Course is made up of three sessions, and each session normally consists of two fifty-minute lectures with a short refreshments break in the middle. While it makes most sense to attend the full course, it is also possible to book individual sessions only. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.
Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Short Courses are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.
Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Short Course to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
How to Book:
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Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
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