£3 members/£5 non-members Follies were an important feature of English landscape gardens in the long eighteenth century. They could take a multitude of forms, from lavish banqueting houses to temples to
£3 members/£5 non-members
Follies were an important feature of English landscape gardens in the long eighteenth century. They could take a multitude of forms, from lavish banqueting houses to temples to lost loves, while their designers read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the greatest figures in Georgian architecture and landscape design – Wren, Vanbrugh, Kent, ‘Capability’ Brown and Repton. In this talk, Rory Fraser will take us on an illustrated journey across England as he unearths the stories behind these often-overlooked architectural gems. Fraser’s philosophy is that follies, though often marginalised, serve as focal points for architecture, landscape and literature. As such, they create a series of portals through which to understand the periods in which they were built, providing an alternative lens through which to track and celebrate the English character, culture and love of individualism.
Rory Fraser was brought up between Rutland and Inverness. He worked for English Heritage and learnt Art History in Venice and Florence, before studying English at Oxford University where he specialised in landscape poetry and architecture, and wrote comedy for the Oxford Review. On graduating, he worked for John Simpson Architects in Bloomsbury. He is currently at Cambridge University, where he is doing an MPhil in Architectural History under Frank Salmon. His book, Follies: An Architectural Journey, was published in November 2020.
The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.
Georgian Group members are eligible for a discount on their ticket by entering GGMEMBER at the checkout.
***This talk will be recorded. The recording will be available to all those who have purchased a ticket for a limited period of time after the event takes place***
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(Image: Sezincote, Rory Fraser)
This lecture is part of our Georgian Gardens and Landscapes series. The full list of lectures in the series is as follows:
Tuesday 2 March – Hidden Horticulturists
Tuesday 9 March – Marble Hill – A Garden of Grottos and Groves
Tuesday 16 March – William Kent: Garden Designer, Architect, Interior Designer
Tuesday 23 March – Vauxhall, Sex & Entertainment: The Invention of the Urban Pleasure Garden
Tuesday 30 March – Welsh Gardens and the Grand Tour
Tuesday 6 April – Follies: An Architectural Journey
Tuesday 13 April – The English Landscape Revolution
(Tuesday) 6:30 pm