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80th Anniversary Catalogue-£20 with Free UK Shipping

80th Anniversary Catalogue-£20 with Free UK Shipping

The Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship publication is not only a catalogue for the once- in-a-decade exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Georgian Group, but is also a valuable resource as a directory of craftsmen who help look after Georgian buildings using traditional methods.

The catalogue is edited by the historian and exhibition Curator John Martin Robinson and Adam Busiakiewicz and includes a collection of essays examining the current role of traditional crafts in Britain.  Contributors include, Sandy Stoddart (the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland), Hugh Petter (Partner in Adam Architecture), Christopher Boyle QC (The Georgian Group chairman), David McKinstry (architectural historian and The Georgian Group Secretary) and Tim Crawley (Head of Historic Carving at City & Guilds of London Art School).

You can support our work by buying your catalogue here:

https://georgiangroup.org.uk/products/splendour-exhibition-catalogue-free-shipping

David McKinstry
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Talk: Life in the Georgian Court

Talk: Life in the Georgian Court

Thurs 18 May, 6.30pm, £10,

6 Fitzroy Square W1

CATHERINE CURZON

Catherine will talk on her new book, which focuses on the scandals and intrigues of the eighteenth century European courts. The history of ruling families and their courtiers will be covered by a number of humorous and tragic anecdotes, which demonstrate that the life of royalty in eighteenth century Europe was often more dangerous than enjoyable.

David McKinstry
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Surrey Country Visit

Surrey Country Visit

Wed 28 June (all day), £70 (incl lunch)

Andrew Wells leads

Squerryes Court: was built 1681–5 for Sir Nicholas Crisp, 2nd Bt, and bought 1700 by the Earls of Jersey who sold it 1731 to John Warde. His descendant Henry Warde now lives there with his family. An archetypal late C17 Grade I red-brick manor house, hardly altered externally. The house nestles half-way down a slope on the greensand ridge, providing good growing conditions for abundant azaleas and rhododendrons. William III visited in 1701 and part of thegarden has been restored in the Anglo-Dutch style using early C18 plans. The Squerryes vineyard has recently won top national awards for its sparkling wine. Titsey Place: Sir John Gresham (Lord Mayor,uncle of Sir Thomas Gresham, Founder of the Royal Exchange and Chancellor to Elizabeth I) bought Titsey in 1534. Sir John, 6th Bt made a propitious marriage, and in the 1770s rebuilt the house. In 1831–2 the Georgian house was roughcast and some Gothic elements.

David McKinstry
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Sussex Country Visit

Sussex Country Visit

Wed 12 April (all day), £45

The visit to the interior of the Pavilion will be led by Dr Alexandra Loske, Art Historian & Curator at the Royal Pavilion. She will point out the latest restoration work as well as talk about the interior design as a whole on which more research has recently been undertaken. Dr Sue Berry FSA and author of articles about Georgian and Regency Brighton in the Georgian Group Journal will conduct the tour of the exterior and grounds (including the innovative Dome designed by Porden and built with an unusual timber roof design) and we will also explore some of the surrounding urban area. We will then visit the Constable and Brighton Exhibition at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

David McKinstry
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Craft Demonstrations during Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Craft Demonstrations during Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Come and visit practitioners as they demonstrate their skill and share their knowledge of the world of heritage. 

Staged in the lower level of 6 Fitzroy Square, these Saturday events offer the opportunity to see how objects in the exhibition were created, and put questions to the craftsmen themselves. 

4 February 12-3pm

Plaster with Colin Hall

11 February 12-3pm

Stone and Woodcarving

Clunie Fretton and Felix Handley, recent graduates from City and Guilds of London Art School

18th February 12-3pm

Stone and Woodcarving

City and Guilds of London Art School students

25 February 12-3pm

Joinery and Woodcarving

Build Craft College students 

Cristiano Bianchi
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Try it Yourself!-Free Workshops For Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Try it Yourself!-Free Workshops For Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Sundays

5 Feb

12 Feb

19 Feb

Workshops run from 1-3pm

*Under 15s should be accompanied by an adult, suitable for over 5s

Come and have a go at traditional crafts yourself. Fran Herrick leads family friendly walk-in sessions on the lower level of 6 Fitzroy Square. You can try your hand at creating traditional Georgian shell mosaics, wallpaper printing and historic plaster-of-Paris mouldings to take home. 

Warning: you might get hooked on heritage craftsmanship! 

David McKinstry
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Salon Discussion; What have the Georgians ever done for us?

Salon Discussion; What have the Georgians ever done for us?

 

Monday 13 February 7-9pm
The Georgian Group
6 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5DX

Special Guests
Eleanor Doughty
Newspaper journalist and property writer

Cassius Clay
Historian & Modern Day Dandy

 

Millennials take on the Georgians during this informal event for those interested in history, art, architecture, enlightened conversation and a glass or two of wine.

This special late opening viewing of the Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship exhibition is a chance to meet up with fellow architects, young professionals, heritage enthusiasts, art lovers and philosophers at the Georgian Group’s Fitzroy Square HQ.

The event will have an exciting format, somewhere between Britain’s Got Talent and a University Union Debate. We still have some spaces for panelists and judges. If you think you have what it takes to answer the question above or judge the competition, please email faithannewaddell@gmail.com with your 10-minute idea. The most compelling piece will win a bottle of champagne!

Places limited, reserve here:
https://georgiansalondiscussion.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Cassius Clay is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Cambridge, having completed MPhil degrees with the departments of Modern European History and History of Art. He majored in art history at Yale as an undergraduate and received the Paul Mellon Fellowship to pursue these graduate studies at Cambridge. 
 
Clay’s recent research has analyzed diplomatic tensions between the United Kingdom and the United States over the strategic control of industrial diamonds during World War II. He is in the process of completing his thesis on the interwar portraits of British painter Meredith Frampton, a Royal Academician active 1918-1945. Clay has interned at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts as well was Christie’s and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. He has also worked as a creative consultant for Kanye West and as a student guide at the Yale Center for British Art. 
David McKinstry
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Setting of Trinity Green Almshouses, Whitechapel

Setting of Trinity Green Almshouses, Whitechapel

The Group has objected to the impact of a proposed development in Whitechapel on the grounds that it would adversely affect the setting of the Trinity Almshouses. The Friends of Trinity Green have produced the following video, featuring Georgian Group Council member Dan Cruikshank, to highlight the threat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySeMkm3wWjU 

A fundraising event has been organised for the 2nd December at the Chapel to help raise a fighting fund to oppose the application. 

David McKinstry
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Cosgrove Hall Fire

Cosgrove Hall Fire

The Group was saddened to hear of the fire at the Grade II Cosgrove Hall, Northamptonshire on 7th October. Although the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage has not yet been made public we anticipate working closely with the local planning authority and concerned parties to ensure that a worthy restoration takes place. Cosgrove Hall dates from the early eighteenth-century.
David McKinstry
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Painshill Rebuilding of lost Georgian Temple

Painshill Rebuilding of lost Georgian Temple

Painshill, one of England’s most elegant 18th century landscape gardens has announced that restoration is now underway on The Temple of Bacchus. One of Painshill’s most treasured follies, holding a rich heritage and reputation, The Temple of Bacchus is the pièce de résistance to be completed in July 2017.

With works now underway on the restoration of The Temple of Bacchus, Painshill are working closely with contractor Cliveden Conservation (who also restored the Crystal Grotto at Painshill), to reinstate the original vision and concept of the brilliantly imaginative designer Hon. Charles Hamilton.

The Temple originally home to a collection of antiques collected by Hamilton during his Grand Tours to Italy, featured a seven foot marble centrepiece statue of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine as well as 12 marble busts of Caesars. And whilst the contents of The Temple of Bacchus were sold in 1797, the original foundations of the temple have been preserved and restored ready for the restoration.

 An important and historic folly which dates back to 1762, The Temple has been admired throughout history with previous visitors including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents of the United States in 1786. It was also described by William Gilpin, English artist and landscape designer as ‘One of the most beautiful things of its kind that I have ever seen. Its form is Grecian and in the highest degree elegant and beautiful’.

Michael Gove, Chief Executive of Painshill comments; ‘the restoration of The Temple of Bacchus has been long-awaited and thanks to the benefit of a private donation, a fine casting from the original Bacchus statue has been gifted to the Trust and we are all very excited to see this housed in the completed Temple’.

 Restorations are now underway, with estimated completion in July 2017, where it will be open for public viewing. Painshill Park Trust funds its business and conservation operations from visitor income and other revenue streams, but all restoration to date has been funded through the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts along with the Lottery Heritage Fund. Visit www.painshillpark.co.uk to find out how you can make a donation and be part of this remarkable project.

 Whilst anticipation builds for the restored folly’s reveal, the remaining 158 acre wonderland offering something for everyone, is open to the public 10am – 6pm (Mar-Oct) and 10am – 4pm (Nov – Feb). Visit www.painshill.co.uk to book your visit online.

David McKinstry
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The Young Georgians

The Young Georgians

The Young Georgians are alive and well!

 Alex, Amy and Robbie usher in a new era for the Young Georgians, following Oli’s stewardship over the last fourteen years. Building on his achievements for the Group, an exciting new programme of lectures, trips and social gatherings is being drawn up for our valued younger members. 

Since its creation in 1937, the Georgian Group has always had an active contingent of youthful members, enabling an all important element of continuity to the Group's long established ethos. At a fantastic discounted rate for anyone under the age of 35, Young Georgians are entitled to all of the same benefits as full membership of the Group.

Watch this space for a soiree at No.6 Fitzroy Square celebrating the relaunch of the Young Georgians in November. To ensure that you are on the guest list, please visit:

https://georgiangroup.org.uk/collections/memberships/products/young-georgian-under-30

With the Group also set to spectacularly celebrate its 80th Anniversary next year, there is no better time to join. 

For further information about the Young Georgians please visit:

https://georgiangroup.org.uk/pages/young-georgians

David McKinstry
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Continuation of Patronage

Continuation of Patronage

The Georgian Group is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has graciously extended his patronage of the Group for a further term. The Group has been privileged to have His Royal Highness as Patron since 2003 when he became our Patron in the place of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, who succeeded Her Majesty Queen Mary, our first Patron.

We are fortunate to have a patron whose interest in education, conservation and architecture reflects our own concerns as the national charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens. We greatly look forward to His Royal Highness’s continued patronage and in celebrating our 80th anniversary next year under his auspices.

Cristiano Bianchi
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