6 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX
Doors open 6.15pm; lecture starts 6.30pm. Wine included
Lecture given by Dr Clare Hornsby
George Bubb Dodington was an English politician and nobleman who was a close friend of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and whose Hammersmith villa, known as ‘La Trappe’ in an ironic reference to a Trappist monastery, was the centre of a lively political and cultural salon. This talk will examine the circumstances of the rebuilding, interior decoration and development of the villa in the 1740s and 50s through looking at Dodington’s social and patronage networks and his aesthetic aspirations.
Clare Hornsby is an independent art and cultural historian specialising in the eighteenth century in France, Italy and England, and particularly in the Grand Tour and the market in antiquities. She is currently working on the Paul Mellon Centre’s project Collection and Display: The British Country House.