tue17sep6:30 pmLecture: Reconstructing the Georgian London Town House: Buildings and CollectionsLecture by Professor Kate Retford6:30 pm The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, FitzroviaBook now

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Drawing on the book on the Georgian London Town House which she has recently co-edited with Susanna Avery-Quash (The Georgian London Town House: Building, Collecting and Display, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Kate Retford will explore the world of the Georgian London Town House. Whilst we know much about their counterparts in the country, the town houses of this period have been substantially neglected – not least because so many of these buildings have been destroyed, their collections dispersed. Chatsworth, for example, has been officially recognised as one of the country’s greatest national treasures, but, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this was of lesser importance to the Cavendish family than their town house on Piccadilly, reduced to rubble in 1925. Professor Retford will discuss the various sources from which the authors in the Georgian London Town House book were able to reconstruct key Georgian town houses and, crucially, their collections: from those residual material fragments, through plans and designs, inventories and catalogues, to visual material and descriptions in correspondence and diaries.

Professor Kate Retford is a professor of History of Art at Birkbeck University. She researches eighteenth-century British art, particularly the portraiture of the period, issues of gender, and the country house art collection, and has published a number of books on these topics.

Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All welcome

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6 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia

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