Studies in Art

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The development of antiquarian studies from the sixteenth century onwards, combined with a taste for medievalism in architecture, provided the foundation for the mid-eighteenth century gothic taste and the building of Horace Walpole’s  legendary Strawberry Hill.

This course will look at the great antiquaries and their impact on eighteenth-century taste, the continuing appeal of the gothic style in architecture, the rise of the gothic novel, as well as Horace Walpole’s range of interests, brilliant writings and extraordinary collections at Strawberry Hill.


Tuesday 2 March 2010

10.30am
Horace Walpole and his Patronage of Modern Artists
Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Paintings, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, and Co-Curator of the V & A exhibition

12.00noon
Visualising the British Past From Camden to Dugdale
Dr. Phillip Lindley, Reader in the History of Art, University of Leicester

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Seventeenth-Century Gothic and the Play Castle at Bolsover
Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces


Tuesday 9 March 2010

10.30am
From Agreeing with ‘Founders worke’ to Imparting a ‘Castle Air’: The Influence of Gothic Architecture in the Work of Wren, Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh
Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner, Research Associate, History of Art Department, Trinity College, Dublin

12.00noon
Horace Walpole’s Circle
Lecturer to be confirmed

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Our National Antiquities: Eighteenth-Century Antiquaries and the Medieval Past
Rosemary Sweet, Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester


Tuesday 16 March 2010

10.30am
Gothic Gardens and Saxon Sentiment: Political Gardening in the Eighteenth Century
Richard Wheeler, Garden Curator for the National Trust

12.00noon
The Strawberry Hill Press and the Origins of  the Gothic Novel
Emma Clery, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature, University of Southampton

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
“…everything was gothic; our houses, our beds, our books, our couches…” The Gothic Taste in the Mid-Eighteenth Century
Philippa Barton


Tuesday 23 March 2010

10.30am
Strawberry Hill: Walpole’s House and Garden
Peter Inskip, Peter Inskip & Peter Jenkins, Architects  

12.00noon
Horace Walpole and his Collections
Michael Snodin, Senior Research Fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum and Co-Curator of the exhibition “Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill”

1.00pm
Lunch

2.30pm
Visit to the exhibition “Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill” at the Victoria & Albert Museum