Conference| Animating the Georgian London Town House

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 1, 2016

From The National Gallery:

Animating the Georgian London Town House
The National Gallery, London, 17 March 2016

Rediscovering and animating London town houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries

spencer-house-2Organised by the Paul Mellon Centre, London, the National Gallery, and Birkbeck College, University of London, this conference explores the position town houses once occupied in the lives of families and the nation as a whole. Some—such as Spencer House—have survived; many have left fragmentary traces; others have been completely destroyed and can only be recreated on the basis of inventories and descriptive accounts. There is much still to be uncovered about the collections of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts which these buildings once housed, as well as about their furnishing, architecture, gardens, and refashionings over time.

This event follows on from the successful Animating the 18th-Century Country House conference held at the National Gallery in March 2015. Expert speakers will discuss both famed and little-remembered London town houses, considering how these residences were designed, furnished, and ornamented. Papers also explore the significance and function of these properties for owners and their families, together with the varied experiences of guests and visitors. To book tickets, please visit The National Gallery.

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10.00  Registration

10.20  Welcome by Susanna Avery-Quash and Kate Retford

10.30  Keynote Lecture
• Desmond Shawe Taylor, ‘Picture displays at Carlton House’

11.30  Coffee break

12.00  Construction and Reconstruction
• Matthew Jenkins and Charlotte Newman, ‘London in pieces: Building biographies in Georgian Mayfair’
• Neil Bingham, ‘The Regency transformation of Burlington House, Piccadilly, documented through the architectural drawings of Samuel Ware’
• Pat Hardy, ‘Canaletto’s town houses’

1.30  Lunch break

2.30  Fashioning and Inhabiting
• Jeremy Howard, ‘New light on Norfolk House: The decoration and furnishing of Norfolk House for the 9th Duke and Duchess of Norfolk’
• Anne Nellis Richter, ‘Glitter and fashion in the “Louvre of London”: Animating Cleveland House’
• Peter Nelson Lindfield, ‘London’s gothic pineapple: 18 Arlington Street’

4.00  Refreshment break

4.30  Keynote Lecture
• Adriano Aymonino and Manolo Guerci, ‘London’s greatest mansion in the Strand: Northumberland House, the urban palace of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’

5.30  Closing remarks

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Note (added 2 March 2016) — The original version of this posting inadvertently omitted Anne Nellis Richter’s presentation.

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