Rediscovering and animating London town houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries (London, 17 March 2016)

 Rediscovering and animating London town houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries
The National Gallery, London, March 17, 2016
Organised by the Paul Mellon Centre, London, the National Gallery, and Birkbeck College, University of London, this conference explores the
position town houses once occupied in the lives of families and the nation as a whole. Some – such as Spencer House – have survived; many
have left fragmentary traces; others have been completely destroyed and can only be recreated on the basis of inventories and descriptive
There is much still to be uncovered about the collections of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts which these buildings once housed, as
well as about their furnishing, architecture, gardens, and refashionings over time. This event follows on from the successful Animating the 18th-century country house conference held at the National Gallery in March 2015.  Expert speakers will discuss both famed and little-remembered London town houses, considering how these residences were designed, furnished, and ornamented. Papers also explore the significance and function of these properties for owners and their families, together with the varied experiences of guests and visitors.
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Animating the Georgian London town house
17 March 2016
Sainsbury Wing Theatre National Gallery, London
10.00­ – 10.20am    Registration
10.20­ – 10.30am    Welcome: Susanna Avery-Quash and Kate Retford
10.30 – ­11.30am    Keynote lecture: Desmond Shawe Taylor, ‘Picture displays at Carlton House’, chaired by Kate Retford
11.30am – ­12pm   Coffee break
12.00 ­- 1.30pm      Construction and reconstruction
12.00 ­- 12.20pm     Matthew Jenkins and Charlotte Newman,  ‘London in pieces: Building biographies in Georgian Mayfair’
12.20 ­- 12.40pm     Neil Bingham,’The Regency transformation of Burlington House,Piccadilly, documented through the architectural drawings of
Samuel Ware’
12.40 – 1pm           Pat Hardy, ‘Canaletto’s town houses’
1 ­- 1.30pm       Q&A
1.30 – ­2.30pm     Lunch (not provided)
2.30­ – 4pm          Fashioning and inhabiting
2.30­ – 2.50pm      Jeremy Howard, ‘New light on Norfolk House: The decoration and furnishing of Norfolk House for the 9th Duke and Duchess of Norfolk’
2.50­ – 3.10pm       Anne Nellis Richter, ‘Glitter and Fashion in the ‘Louvre of London’: Animating Cleveland House’
3.10 – ­3.30pm       Peter Nelson Lindfield, ‘London’s gothic pineapple: 18 Arlington Street’
3.30­ – 4pm            Q&A
4­ – 4.30pm            Refreshment break
4.30 – 5.30pm       Keynote lecture: Adriano Aymonino and Manolo Guerci,’London’s greatest mansion in the Strand: Northumberland House,
the urban palace of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’, chaired by Susanna Avery-Quash
5.30pm       Closing remarks
Ella Fleming | Events Manager
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, WC1B 3JA

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