£15 Osterley Park is inextricably linked to the name of Robert Adam. Little of what the public sees at the house today is untouched in some way by his invention. Yet
Osterley Park is inextricably linked to the name of Robert Adam. Little of what the public sees at the house today is untouched in some way by his invention. Yet none of this would have been possible without the banking and trade fortune that his clients, the Child family, had begun to establish over a century before Adam completed his works at Osterley. This lecture explores the works of European and Asian fine and decorative arts which the Childs collected as they worked their way to the forefront of the banking business during the throes of England’s Financial Revolution and its aftermath. Many of these works eventually came to Osterley where a proportion of them have remained to the present, or have recently returned. Focussing in particular on the Childs’ paintings, this lecture describes the networks by which they secured their prized items. It also considers what those treasures said about their possessors in a period of significant transformation, both for the Childs and for the nation in whose financial affairs they were intricately involved
John Chu is Assistant Curator of Picture and Sculpture for the National Trust.
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All welcome
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