mon03jul6:30 pm*Postponed* YG Lecture: Scotopolis?: Recovering forgotten Scottish townhouses in Georgian LondonIn-person talk by Rory Lamb6:30 pm The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, FitzroviaBook Now
Young Georgian Members & Members £10/ Non-Members £15 Behind the well-known contributions of Scottish architects like Robert Adam to the architecture of Georgian London lay a host of forgotten, now mostly
Young Georgian Members & Members £10/ Non-Members £15
Behind the well-known contributions of Scottish architects like Robert Adam to the architecture of Georgian London lay a host of forgotten, now mostly lost, buildings associated with Scottish life in the metropolis. These were the luxurious townhouses patronised and decorated for Scottish landowners in the West End which vied in magnificence with those of their social peers from England, Wales and Ireland. This talk showcases six of the finest Scottish townhouses in eighteenth-century London, a series of overlooked buildings which chart the process of Scottish political and material integration into the British state after the Union of 1707. Recovering accounts of these lost urban mansions offers a wealth of Georgian delights, including Lady Ancram’s chinoiserie dressing room in Berkeley Square, Lord Hopetoun’s patriotic illuminations in Cavendish Square, and Lord Fife’s magnificent “Scottish” garden terrace in Whitehall.
Rory Lamb is an architectural historian completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. In June-July 2021, he was an Honorary Research Fellow with the Survey of London at the Bartlett School of Architecture where he undertook a reassessment of Montagu House in Portman Square, by James “Athenian” Stuart. Before beginning his PhD Rory worked as a heritage consultant in Belfast.
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Image: Richard Newton, A Flight of Scotchmen, 1796; © The Trustees of the British Museum