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Burlington House and The History of The Royal Academy of Art


Tue 6 Sep 2016, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: University of Tasmania, Invermay Rd, Launceston, Launceston & Northern

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: jeanettegatenby

If you are interested in architecture, the decorative arts, history, politics, social history and intrigue – then this fully illustrated talk is for you! The Georgian era in England was a period of extraordinary growth and development in decorative arts and architectural style, and also in the wealth that made it all possible. Political and social history had a significant role to play too. Trying to unpick the layers of history found in an historic building is a fascinating process and one which British art historian Stephen Richardson undertakes in his engaging and lively talk - "Burlington House and the history of the Royal Academy of Arts, London".

Stephen Richardson explores Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly, discussing its early history from the 1660s; its re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion; the further re-developments under the Cavendish family during the Regency period and its occupancy by the Royal Academy since 1868. The talk also examines the founding of the Royal Academy in 1768 and the Academy’s own early history.

Stephen Richardson undertook a Masters degree in the decorative arts and historic interiors at the Wallace Collection in London and was appointed an Official Guide at the Royal Academy of Arts. He is a writer on country houses, and a Guide at the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The admission price includes a glass of wine and light refreshments after the talk.

The event will be at the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre.