The Thames brought commerce and wealth to South West London, attracting royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. A legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes. This January and February Chiswick House & Gardens, along with eight of our neighbours are pleased to announce the Thames Luminaries lecture series.
The running order is below, and full talk details and speaker bios can be found here.
27th January – ‘Within the garden walls at Hogarth’s House‘ with Val Bott
28th January – ‘A painter’s garden@ J.M.W. Turner and the grounds of Sandycombe Lodge‘ with Catherine Parry-Wingfield
29th January – ‘Alexander Pope: the poet and the poetic landscape‘ with Dr Marion Harney
3rd February – ‘Chiswick House, William Kent, and the birth of the English Landscape Movement‘ with John Watkins
4th February – ‘Marble Hill: Howard and her garden of grottos and groves‘ with Emily Parker
5th February – ‘Strawberry Hill: the open grove in which Walpole explored the ‘gaiety in nature’‘ with Henrietta Gentilli
10th February – ‘Fishponds, great cedars and Jayne Mansfield – Boston Manor Park‘ with Sion Thaysen and David Stockdale
11th February – ‘Pleasure Garden to Parkland: the Changing Landscape of Orleans House‘ with Minna Anderson
Each 20 minute talk will be delivered using Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. They will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English 17th and 18th Century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. Time will be allowed for questions and answers at the end. The events will end at or before 8 pm. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link by email about an hour before each talk begins.
Tickets are free but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the nine participating organisations. You can book your place at TicketSource.
These events are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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