The English Country House III: Later Georgian experiments
20 Feb - 6 Mar 2018
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
By the mid-18th century the Palladian style seemed correct and old-fashioned: it was time for new ideas. A group of young architects went to Italy to look at antiquity for themselves, and came back inspired by the delicate plasterwork and painted interiors of Roman villas. Robert Adam, William Chambers and Robert Taylor became hugely successful at updating older houses, or designing new ones for their clients. Fluid plans and varied room shapes made interiors much livelier, and suited the less formal lifestyle. By the 1770s younger architects, such as James Wyatt and Henry Holland, were bringing an ever more refined style to their domestic buildings and to the garden buildings in the wider landscape. A broader clientele, not just landowners but lawyers, bankers, widows and rectors wanted greater freedom to choose for themselves.
By the turn of the century, not only were architects looking to Ancient Rome for inspiration, but also to classical Greece, to the British past with its castles and rambling manor houses, to rural Italy, and to more exotic styles, both for their houses and for their garden buildings. The severe, symmetrical Greek Revival co-existed with mock castles, Italianate villas, houses inspired by Indian architecture, or cottages ornés, set in carefully composed parkland or in flower gardens.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. The Neo-Classical Villa & the Country House
ii. The picturesque in the later 18th century
iii. Into the 19th century: The battle of the styles
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 30 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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