tue16mar6:30 pmOnline Lecture: William Kent: Garden Designer, Architect, Interior DesignerOnline lecture by George Carter and Caroline Knight. Part of the Georgian Gardens and Landscapes series6:30 pm Book Now

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£3 members, £5 non-members

William Kent (1685-1748) was one of those all-round designers, like Bernini, who could turn his hand to anything – architecture, interior design, painting, garden design, even book illustration. The first half of the eighteenth century was a period when garden design in Britain was in a state of flux. Kent proved to have a crucial role in adapting an evolving naturalistic style to his own unique vision, and was praised by Horace Walpole in On Modern Gardening. According to Christopher Hussey, he provided exactly what the Early Georgians looked for in the new gardening: ‘elegant variation, evocation of an ideal past, and the visual embodiment of a philosophical idea.’ This talk looks at some of Kent’s best work including Rousham, Esher and Stowe and evaluates him in relation to his contemporaries, Charles Bridgeman, Stephen Switzer and Robert Castell.  

This lecture will be given by George Carter and Caroline Knight. George Carter is a garden historian and designer who specialises in restoring and recreating historic gardens, particularly of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has written several books on garden design and his work has appeared in numerous books and magazines. Caroline Knight is an architectural historian specialising in British Architecture of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. She is an independent lecturer at the V&A Museum and for the Arts Society and the author of London’s Country Houses. 

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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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


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