6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX
Doors open 6.15pm; lecture starts 6.30pm. Wine included
Lecture given by Caroline Dakers
Fonthill in Wiltshire is most associated with William Beckford’s Gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey, which collapsed in 1825 and is seen by many as a symbol of overarching ambition and folly. However, the Abbey was only one of a number of important houses built on the estate from the sixteenth century, and this talk will draw on histories of art and architecture, politics and economics to tell the story of the now forgotten houses and their owners which enrich the fascinating history of this Wiltshire estate.
Caroline Dakers is Professor of Cultural History at Central Saint Martins, whose interests include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British cultural history. She has also curated a number of exhibitions at Leighton House Museum.