Symposium | Women and Architecture, 1660–1840

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 10, 2019

Belmont (Lyme Regis, Dorset), completed in 1785, the home of Eleanor Coade; appropriately the house showcases the eponymous artificial stone she pioneered. The house is part of the Landmark Trust, which means it’s possible for visitors to spend the night.

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From The Georgian Group:

‘Embroidered with Dust and Mortar’: Women and Architecture, 1660–1840
2019 Georgian Group Symposium
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, 28 September 2019

Following successful conferences held by the Group in previous years, this day-long symposium will explore how women contributed to and interacted with architecture in the period 1660–1840. Women’s involvement in architectural design and drawing, their patronage of buildings and their contribution to the building industry has long been overlooked by scholars. Drawing on recent research, the symposium will reassess, and throw new light upon, female architectural achievement and the significance this has upon our understanding of architecture from this period. The event is open to all (members and non-members). £60 includes lunch and refreshments; a limited number of student tickets are available at £30.


9.30  Registration

10.00  Opening Address by Amy Boyington

10.15  Session 1: The Role of the Patroness
Chair: Rosemary Baird Andreae
• Megan Leyland and Esme Whittaker, Marble Hill: A Woman’s Domain?
• Richard Hewlings, Catherine, Duchess of Buckingham (1680–1743) and Her Estate at Whitby
• Juliet Learmouth, The Patroness, the Architect, and the West End Town House
• Sue Berry, Lady Anne Pelham of Stanmer and Stratton Street, 1768–99

11.30  Break

12.00  Session 2: Inhabiting Space
Chair: Caroline Knight
• Iris Moon, Architecture in Blue and White: A Delft Tile from Mary II’s Water Gallery
• Karen Lipsedge, ‘Women Made Homes and Homes Made Women’: Women, the Eighteenth-Century British Novel, and the Creation of Identity through the Medium of Architectural Space
• Emma Newport, ‘The House is a Material Business’: Female Authority and Interior Alterations at Erddig House

13.00  Lunch

14.00  Session 3: Women and the Building Industry
Chair: Peregrine Bryant
• Caroline Stanford, ‘Employed by Many of the Nobility and First Architects in the Kingdom’: Eleanor Coade’s Business Practice
• Conor Lucey, Women and the Building Industry
• Sydney Ayers, The Adam Sisters: Forgotten Figures in the Adam Brothers’ Architectural Practice

15.00  Session 4: The Agency of the Wife
Chair: Juliet Learmouth
• Clarisse Godard Desmarest, Patronage and Craftsmanship: The Women in the Circle of Sir William Bruce (c. 1630–1710)
• Michelle Naylor, ‘In All Your Boasted Seat’: Mary Delany’s Drawings of Delville House

15.45  Break

16.15  Session 5: Female Patronage at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century
Chair: Rosemary Yallop
• Rebecca Tropp, On Her Own: The Dower House at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century
• Judith Hill, Catherine Maria Bury and the Design of Charleville Castle, Co. Offaly, 1800–12

17.00  Closing Remarks by Rosemary Baird Andreae

17.30  Drinks Reception

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