tue23nov6:30 pmOnline Lecture: ‘Rudely put together to imitate the Beauty of Nature’: William Wrighte’s Grotesque Architecture of 1767Online talk by Dr Rosemary Yallop6:30 pm Book Now

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The élite eighteenth-century designed landscape was a place of novelty, artfully planned not only to offer spaces of delight and repose but also to induce in the visitor frissons of astonishment and awe. Garden structures, or ‘Fabricks’, played their part as theatrical set-pieces. Using architect William Wrighte’s Grotesque Architecture, or Rural Amusement, first published in 1767, in this lecture Rosemary Yallop will explore the diverse concepts which underlay garden fabrick designs of the period, which incorporated materials such as tree roots, shells and animal bones. In conflating theories of primitive architecture, allusions to exotic lands, geological forms and romantic bucolicism, Wrighte’s compositions – huts, hermitages, grottoes and mosques – reveal contemporary appetites for both erudition and whimsy, and play with representations of the ‘Natural’.

Dr Rosemary Yallop is an architectural historian and independent lecturer and writer, who has published in the Georgian Group Journal among others. She completed her doctorate in Architectural History at the University of Oxford and is a course tutor for the Oxford University Continuing Education Department and the V&A Museum. She is a Vice-Chairman of the Georgian Group.

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