This five-day course introduces participants to the extraordinary breadth and beauty of some of most important and influential town and country houses in southern England. Classroom-based lectures foreground the properties in the social and cultural landscape of their time, and are complemented by guided visits led by experts in the field. Covering Restoration, Georgian, Regency, Victorian, and early twentieth century architecture and interiors, the course includes trips to Ham House, Chiswick House, Syon House, Apsley House, Leighton House, and culminates in a day excursion to the exceptional Brighton Pavilion.
Designed for historians of the fine and decorative arts, as well as for all those passionate about English heritage, and the aspirations and lifestyles of the great families who endowed it with truly world-class treasures, this course is a journey through four centuries of splendor, luxury, and elegance.
This course includes:
- Expert lectures with time for questions and discussion
- Special guided visits to the auction house, galleries and dealers in the historic Mayfair and St. James
- Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury
- Networking opportunities with faculty and fellow participants
- Certificate of participation on completion of the course