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New Book | Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection

Posted in books by Editor on December 30, 2017

From Penguin Books:

Michael Hall, with a foreword by the Prince of Wales, Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection (London: BBC Books, 2017), 352 pages, ISBN: 978  17859  42617 £30.

The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million artworks and objects, it covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, from paintings by Rembrandt and Michelangelo to grand sculpture, Fabergé eggs and some of the most exquisite furniture ever made. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past 500 years.

With unprecedented access to the royal residences of St James’ Palace, Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace, Art, Passion & Power traces the history of this national institution from the Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how royalty used the arts to strengthen their position as rulers by divine right and celebrating treasures from the Crown Jewels to the Abraham tapestries in Hampton Court Palace. Michael Hall examines the monarchy’s response to changing attitudes to the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment and celebrates the British monarchy’s role in the democratisation of art in the modern world. Accompanying the upcoming BBC television series—and coinciding with two exhibitions, Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy and Charles II: Art and Power at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace—Art, Passion & Power is the definitive statement on the British monarchy’s treasures of the art world.

Michael Hall is the editor of art-history periodical The Burlington Magazine. He has published several books on 19th-century art, architectural history, and the history of collecting, including Waddesdon Manor: The Biography of a Rothschild House and The Harley Gallery: Treasures of the Portland Collection. He has recently completed a history of the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore, to be published by the Royal Collection.

Celebrating Repton 200

Posted in anniversaries, lectures (to attend) by Editor on December 30, 2017

From The Gardens Trust:

Aylsham in Norfolk will host the official launch of Repton 200—a year of nationwide celebrations coordinated by the Gardens Trust marking the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, who succeeded Capability Brown as Britain’s greatest landscape gardener.

Norfolk is where Repton first worked as a landscape gardener, at Catton Park, and where he was buried, at St Michael and All Angels Church in Aylsham, in March 1818. To mark the bicentenary of his death, a programme of events celebrating his life and work have been planned in Norfolk and around the country.

Humphry Repton, whose works include Tatton Park and Woburn Abbey, was the successor to Capability Brown and the first to coin the term ‘landscape gardening’. Born in Bury St Edmunds in April 1752, he attended Norwich Grammar School and trained to work in the textile business but was not successful in the industry. After trying his hand at a number of careers—including dramatist, artist, journalist, and secretary—Repton set himself up as a landscape gardener and gained work through his social contacts. He went on to work on estates across the country, producing his famous Red Books which showed his clients ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of how he would improve their land.

The Gardens Trust are co-ordinating the national celebrations, which start in March 2018, and include the Repton Season organized by Aylsham and District Team Ministry, Aylsham Town Council, community groups and Broadland District Council.

Events in Norfolk include a history workshop with Dr. Tom Williamson, professor of landscape history and archaeology at the University of East Anglia, a Repton 200 Memorial Choral Evensong, a Humphry Repton Memorial Lecture with Professor Stephen Daniels of the University of Nottingham, and a Red Book competition involving pupils from local schools.

Cllr Karen Vincent, Member Champion for Heritage at Broadland District Council, said: “We are lucky as a district to have links to such an important and fascinating figure. Repton’s work remains on show throughout the country, with his first work being here in Broadland at Catton Park. We would encourage anyone interested in one of the country’s most important landscape gardeners to come and help us celebrate his achievements in the spring.”

Dr James Bartos, Chairman of the Gardens Trust, said: “Humphry Repton designed around 400 landscapes across the country, many of which remain much-loved historic gardens. His picturesque designs featured terraces, gravel walks and flower beds around the house, as well as themed flower gardens. Next year will see a host of events celebrating his enduring influence, and drawing attention to gardens which need help to survive.”

For more information about Repton events in 2018 visit www.humphryrepton.org or follow #Repton200 on Twitter.

2017 Georgian Group Architectural Awards

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on December 30, 2017

From The Georgian Group:

From the Instagram account of Lowther Castle, 28 December 2017.

The Georgian Group’s annual Architectural Awards, generously sponsored by Savills, took place at the RIBA on 30 November 2017. The Awards, now in their fifteenth year, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the UK and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. This year we were pleased to welcome Dr John Goodall as chair of the judging panel and presenter of the Awards. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Georgian Group, graciously provided the introduction to the Awards by means of a video message recorded at Dumfries House.

Selected Awards
Restoration of a Georgian Landscape: Lowther Castle, Cumbria
Restoration of a Country House: Pitshill House, West Sussex
Restoration of a Georgian Interior: Marchmont House, Berwickshire
Restoration of a Georgian Town House: 14 Fournier Street, London
Diaphoros Prize: Reads Cutlers, 4 Parliament Street, Dublin, Ireland

Details for winners and commended sites are available here»