Studies in Art

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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington was a key figure, both in his role as a courtier and as a private patron, in the development and direction of the arts in the early Georgian period, leading him to be described by Horace Walpole as an ‘apollo of the arts’ and by Defoe as ‘a modern Vitruvius’. His ambition was to transform English taste, not only in architecture but also in gardening, painting, sculpture and music.

This course will take a fresh look at Lord Burlington’s world, the mysteries surrounding his life, his architectural achievements at Chiswick as well as the later history of the villa and its gardens.


Tuesday 4 October 2011

10.30am
Political Rivalry and Ideological Tension in Britain: Burlington’s Context 1702-1760
Dr Gabriel Glickman, Hertford College, University of Oxford

12.00noon
How Houses Like Chiswick Worked
Treve Rosoman, Curator, London Region, English Heritage

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
How Palladian was Palladio?
Michael Douglas-Scott, Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London


Tuesday 11 October 2011

10.30am
Patronage and Politics: Handel and his Italian Rivals
Jane Clark, Musician and Music Historian

12.00noon
Lord Burlington and his Property at Chiswick
Richard Hewlings, Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Chiswick House Gardens: Its Reputation and its many Restorations
Dr David Jacques, Garden Historian and Trustee of Chiswick House and Grounds


Tuesday 18 October 2011

10.30am
Lord Burlington, William Kent and the Decoration at Chiswick House
Dr Steven Brindle, Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage

12.00noon
Furnishing the Palladian Villa: The Sources and Development of the ‘Kentian Style’
Dr Adam Bowett, Independent Furniture Historian

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Chiswick House after Lord Burlington
Richard Hewlings, English Heritage


Thursday 27 October 2011

10.20am
Coach departs from the Victoria & Albert Museum for Chiswick House

11.00am
Private visit to Chiswick House with Ricky Pound, Site Supervisor of Chiswick House, English Heritage

12.45pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Visit the gardens of Chiswick House with John Watkins, Head of the Gardens and Landscape Team, English Heritage

4.00pm
Coach departs for central London