mon25jan6:30 pmYG Online Lecture: The London Town House of Mary, Duchess of NorfolkYG Online lecture by Juliet Learmouth6:30 pm Book Now

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In 1734, Mary Howard, dowager Duchess of Norfolk, commissioned James Gibbs to build her a sumptuous new terraced house in Arlington Street, overlooking Green Park. In common with many of London’s Georgian town houses, the building was partially demolished during the twentieth century when it was converted into a clubhouse for the Royal Overseas League. As a result, the history of the building and its fascinating female patron has so far received little attention. This lecture takes as its starting point the complex personal history of Mary Howard, a devout Catholic and Jacobite sympathiser, who shocked society by separating from her husband in 1730. It then attempts a reconstruction of the house, contextualising its function and meaning within Mary’s life, ambitions, and concerns.

Juliet Learmouth is a final-year doctoral candidate at Birkbeck College, University of London, working on a School of Arts funded research project supervised by Professor Kate Retford.  Her thesis examines the relationship between elite women and the London town house during the first half of the eighteenth century. It aims is to answer two reciprocal questions: What can the experiences of elite women tell us about the design, construction, use and perception of the West End town house in London during this period? And conversely, what can the West End town house tell us about the lives and roles of those elite women? Her article reassessing William Kent’s town house, 44 Berkeley Square, from the perspective of its patron, Lady Isabella Finch, was published in the 2017 issue of The Georgian Group Journal. 

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