tue12sep6:30 pmtue7:30 pmPompeii and All That – Reimagining Ancient WorldsIn-person lecture by David Adshead6:30 pm - 7:30 pm The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, FitzroviaBook Now

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£15 members/£18 non-members

In this talk David Adshead, Director of the Georgian Group, will look at the cultural impact of the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii. News of the excavation of these ancient Neopolitan cities sent an electric shock of excitement across Europe and beyond and served as a stimulus to the nascent Neoclassical movement.

Grand Tourists, artists and architects flocked to see the statuary, wall paintings and other artefacts that emerged unscathed from their volcanic overburden. Illustrated publications followed. These cities also caught the attention of philhellenes at a time before travel to Greece and, modern day, Turkey was common, for they had been Greek colonies before they were Roman. The discovery at Pompeii of a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, decades before Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, also triggered a fascination in all things Egyptian. Aspects of collecting, design and decoration were all directly or indirectly influenced as a result.

The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.

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(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Georgian Group

6 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia

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