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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
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Type: Day course (5 consecutive days)
    Dates: August 3 - August 7, 2020
    Times: Monday - Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    To be announced.
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Minimum age for this course is 18*
    Click here to register now and pay online.

    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
    *Click here to read Terms and Conditions.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.

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