Tuesday 20 November: Lecture - Foubert's Riding Academy in London and Paris, 1668-1768


6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX

Doors open 6.15pm; lecture starts 6.30pm. Includes wine

Lecture given by Dr Tessa Murdoch


Solomon Foubert ran the Royal Riding Academy in the Faubourg St Germain, Paris. As a result of the 1679 Edict which forced Protestant masters of French Academies to resign, Solomon Foubert emigrated to London, where he established a Riding Academy in Sherwood Street, Piccadilly. The curriculum included fencing as well as riding and vaulting, mathematics and its application to geography and navigation. The Academy, which attracted a considerable aristocratic clientele, was regarded as of national importance as it helped ‘lessen the expense the nation is at yearly in sending children into France to be taught military exercises’.

Tessa Murdoch is Deputy Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has published widely on the decorative arts and has curated numerous exhibitions on furniture, jewellery and silver.