Online Talk | Caroline Stanford on Eleanor Coade

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on March 25, 2022

From The Royal Oak Foundation:

Caroline Stanford | Eleanor Coade and Her Remarkable Stone
Online, The Royal Oak Foundation, 30 March 2022, 2pm (ET)

Eleanor Coade (1733–1821) was a successful Georgian entrepreneur who created artificial stone for use in monuments, which she called Coade stone. Inventing the recipe and the firing technique, Mrs. Coade bought an existing artificial stone factory in South London in 1769 and turned out Coade stone architectural detailing, urns, tombs, and statues for the next 50 years. She combined artistic flair with successful marketing skills, and every architect of the time including Robert Adam, Sir John Soane, John Nash, and James and Samuel Wyatt commissioned her work for their projects. Her manufactory’s output was mostly classical in style but also produced wares in Gothic, Egyptian, and Chinese styles. Mrs. Coade’s genius lay in her entrepreneurship—convincing designers that her product was better than natural stone for its durability and weatherproof nature.

In an era, when successful businesswomen were far from typical, Eleanor Coade was exceptional. Many examples of Coade stone made during and after the inventor’s lifetime remain in the UK and beyond, including the South Bank lion at the east end of Westminster Bridge. The Landmark Trust’s historian, Caroline Stanford, will talk about this successful 18th-century business woman and her business practice, describing how Coade stone transformed late-Georgian architecture, including its use in America. Stanford will also feature Belmont, Coade’s own villa, rescued and restored by the Landmark Trust and available to rent.

Caroline Stanford read Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford and has two Masters in Early Modern History from Birbeck College London and in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes. She has been The Landmark Trust’s historian since 2001 and writes and speaks extensively about the Landmark Trust’s buildings. She was research historian for the Landmark Trust’s 2015 restoration of Eleanor Coade’s seaside villa, Belmont in Lyme Regis. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Stanford has also served on the committee of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. She co-authored Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Buildings and has contributed to many television and radio programmes. She is currently working on a part time DPhil in Architectural History at Oxford University on “Fired Artificial Stone, 1650–1850” and is a leading Coade scholar.

Online via Zoom Webinar
Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 2.00 pm (ET)
$15 ROF members; $20 non-members

Recording Rental
Available between Thursday, 31 March and Monday, 11 April
Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure
$15 ROF members; $20 non-members


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