​Recorded Talks Series: The Greats of 19th Century Architecture

The following seven talks were given in Spring 2022 and can be bought at the price of 7 talks for 6.

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An Architect Abroad: Mr Street En Vacances. A Talk by Neil Jackson

This talk will follow G. E. Street’s travels in France, Italy and Spain, and with the help of his sketches and his books and articles, show what he admired about foreign architecture and how he incorporated it into his own work.

Neil Jackson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture & former President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

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Prince Albert, Architect? A Talk by Michael Hall

Many buildings are said to have been ‘designed’ by Prince Albert, from Osborne House and Whippingham church on the Isle of Wight, to Balmoral Castle and the royal dairy at Frogmore. This talk will ask how much input the Prince had into these buildings and their decoration, and will discuss in particular a much less well-known building that is arguably his masterpiece.

Michael Hall is an art historian & the author of a forthcoming History of the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore to be published by the Royal Collection in 2024.

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E.W. Pugin: A Talk by Rory O’Donnell

Eighteen year old Edward Welby Pugin succeeded to the practice of his father, A.W.N. Pugin in 1852. In the course of a short working life – just twenty-three years – he established himself as one of the best-known architects working for Roman Catholic patrons.

Rory O’Donnell has published extensively on the work of E.W. Pugin and his father.

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William Burges: Extraordinary Buildings Immersed in the Middle Ages: A Talk by Matthew Williams

William ‘Billy’ Burges was a genius who created some of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century; he designed churches, castles, bridges, interiors, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery for his few, equally individual clients.

Matthew Williams is an Art & Architectural Historian, who has lectured & written extensively extensively on Gothic revival architect William Burges, including a Pitkin guide published in 2004.

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David Bryce: The 19th Century Edinburgh Architect. A Talk by Neil Jackson

Few nineteenth-century Edinburgh architects demonstrated such a plurality of style, from Scottish Baronial to French Château to Neo-classicism to Baroque, as did David Bryce. And he did Gothic too. His buildings provided security for the wealthy, succour for the poor, knowledge for the young, reassurance for the pious and a sense of ancestry for the lairds.

Neil Jackson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture & former President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

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Philip Webb at Standen and Red House. A Talk by Tessa Wild

Two famous houses at opposite ends of Philip Webb’s career are now owned by the National Trust: Red House at Bexleyheath, and Standen, near East Grinstead in West Sussex. Their history encompasses not only the development of one of England’s most influential domestic architects but also the story of the Arts and Crafts movement over a generation.

Tessa is an independent curator & Collections Advisor at Houghton Hall, Norfolk. She is currently researching Philip Webb for a forthcoming book on Standen.

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Looking at Butterfield. A Talk by Nicholas Olsberg

The talk will concentrate on lesser-known but outstanding examples of Butterfield’s work, including the astonishing Yorkshire churches on the Humberhead Levels and at Dalton.

A former director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, & founding head of Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute, Nicholas Olsberg is the author of The Master Builder: William Butterfield and his Times (Lund Humphries, 2021).

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