£15 In the first of a two-part lecture series on Wentworth Woodhouse, Peter Brown charts the fascinating creation of this Yorkshire palace. Described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘one of the
In the first of a two-part lecture series on Wentworth Woodhouse, Peter Brown charts the fascinating creation of this Yorkshire palace. Described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘one of the greatest buildings of the Georgian Age, with interiors of exceptional value’, the house is the product of one of England’s most significant Whig families, the Marquises of Rockingham and Earls Fitzwilliam. In 1723 the future Marquis started a huge building project, in part to impress his new bride, Mary Finch, but mostly to establish his status at court. Ten years later, the West front, in curious ‘Bavarian style’, was abandoned, and a huge Palladian East front added. Work on the interiors started in the 1740s, with Italian stuccoists modelling the ceiling of the State Dining Room and Joseph Rose decorating the walls following designs by Henry Flitcroft.
This talk will draw upon family papers, plus drawings from Lord Burlington’s practice and those by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.
Peter Brown, former Director of Fairfax House and York Civic Trust, has spent the last few years researching the history of the country houses of Yorkshire and, in particular, Wentworth Woodhouse. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Research Associate at the University of York.
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All welcome
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