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Lectures, Tours, Events


Tales of Loss & Redemption: The Country House in the National Trust

Tuesday, April 28, 2015; 6:00 PM; Reception to Follow

From the 1880s through the 1930s, Britain experienced a revolution in land ownership only paralleled in its history by the Norman Conquest and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Britain’s landed elites found themselves under attack by the forces of modernity on all fronts, and their bastions, the country house, fell to the auction block and the wrecker’s ball in increasing numbers throughout the first half of the 20th century. Into this breach in the fabric of British landed society stepped a reluctant new force of social order, the National Trust.

The Royal Oak Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr. Sean E. Sawyer will discuss the National Trust’s role in rescuing some of Britain’s greatest country houses and their internationally significant collections of decorative and fine arts.From a reluctant recipient of a handful of houses in the 1920s, the Trust evolved, through its Country Houses Scheme, to lead the way in preserving houses and collections through the bleakest years of the post-World War II era. The last decades of the 20th century saw a revival of fortunes for the country house and the Trust’s adaptation as its role as a leading operator of visitor attractions. This is a story full of deaths, both mortal and material, and of daring rescues and bureaucratic blindness. This illustrated lecture will explore some of the Trust’s most important properties, including Blickling and Hardwick Hall, and of the families and great characters who haunt them still.

Sean Sawyer became the Executive Director of The Royal Oak Foundation in October 2010. He received his B.A. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, specializing in British architectural history. Dr. Sawyer has taught at Columbia, Fordham and Harvard universities as well as The Parsons/New School Master’s Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design at the Cooper-Hewitt. He has published a variety of articles on Sir John Soane and late-Georgian architecture and urbanism as well as Dutch-American history and architecture. From 2001 to 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn, NY. In 2002 he attended the Attingham Summer School as a Royal Oak Fellow.

Location: The Explorers Club, 46 E 70 St (bet Park & Madison), New York, NY. Registration is required.
Cost/Reservation: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA, $40 for non-members. R*eservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation.* Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 15SICAANY.


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Monday, May 4, 2015


Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style

Thursday, May 7, 2015; 6:00 pm Lecture; Reception to Follow

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter*

The ICAA is pleased to present Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style in partnership with The Royal Oak. The year 2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of the first English translations of Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura [The Four Books of Architecture] and Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus. Since the early 17th century, Palladio’s work, as adapted by Inigo Jones for English taste and needs, has influenced architects and clients. British Palladianism, as developed by Jones, Campbell, Lord Burlington, and William Kent also proved hugely influential in northern Europe and in the British Colonies including India and North America. Charles Hind, Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the Royal Institute of British Architecture will examine the development of Palladianism in Britain using drawings, photographs, and models from the RIBA’s collections, as well as contemporary architects’ practices. He will demonstrate how the contributions of this 16th-century Venetian man influenced centuries of style, and how Palladianism became one of the most important styles ever designed by a single architect, and is still used in public and private buildings.

Charles Hind studied architectural history under Sir Howard Colvin at Oxford University. As Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the Royal Institute of British Architects, his areas of specialty are Andrea Palladio and British architecture from 17th to early 20th centuries. He co-curated a major European exhibition on Palladio in 2008-2009, and served as joint curator and co-author of the catalogue for the 2010 exhibition Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. Mr. Hind has written numerous journal and magazine articles and lectured on architecture and British country houses. He also leads art and architecture tours in Virginia, St. Petersburg, and Venice. Mr. Hind has curated a number of exhibitions held in the RIBA Heinz Gallery and in the V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Location: Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61 Street (bet First & York), New York, NY. Registration is required.

Cost/Reservations: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA, $40 for non-members. Reservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation. Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 15SICAANY.

*Chapter In-Formation