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Symposium and Study Tour - Richmond, VA

March 24-26, 2017

Friday, March 24th: Guided tour led by Richard Guy Wilson to include Shockoe Bottom, Jefferson's Capitol, Old City Hall, Monumental Church, The Egyptian Building (Medical College of VA), Wickham Valentine House, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Museum of The Confederacy, and a guided bus tour of Monument Avenue, ending at Branch House for a tour and reception.

Saturday, March 25th: All day Symposium at Maymont: Aesthetic Revolutions & Victorian Taste, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Sunday, March 26th: Brunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts followed by self-guided tours

CLICK HERE For full tour brochure and registration information. Please note: Tour is now filled, registration can be made for syposium only. 

Royal Oak Foundation Spring 2017 Lecture


A Patron’s Taste: The 3rd Marquess of Bute, William Burges and the Gothic Revival

The Marquesses of Bute—the Crichton-Stuarts—are a Scottish family who rose to prominence during the 18th century. The foundations of the family's fortunes were laid by the 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister to King George III, who married an heiress and attained great political prominence. Judicious marriages brought further wealth to his descendants and by 1860 industrial enterprise including the development of Cardiff, Wales made them one of the richest families in Britain. The scholarly 3rd Marquess (1847-1900) was one of the greatest patrons of art and architecture during the Victorian era. Many of his building commissions—including fantastical Cardiff Castle and two properties under the National Trust’s care: Knightshayes Court and St Mary’s Church, Studley Royal—were designed in medieval Gothic Revival style by his architect, the eccentric William Burges (1827-81). Burges also filled Crichton-Stuart’s properties with his fanciful designs for metalwork, sculpture, jewelry, furniture and stained glass. The Marquess’ fascination with the Gothic Revival style recurred again in Crichton-Stuart’s patronage of chapels, castles, abbeys, universities and palaces. Later he worked in collaboration with many of Burges’ followers including H. W. Lonsdale and John Kinross. This lecture examines Bute’s fascination with revival style in both opulent and intensely personal buildings, and shows how his taste for the medieval was shared by both Ludwig II of Bavaria and Napoleon III of France.

Lecture cities/dates:

Chicago, Monday, April 24, The Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 North Dearborn Street. 6:00pm welcome reception; 6:30pm lecture; 7:30pm cocktail buffet. $75 members and co-sponsors/ $85 non-members. 

Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 3, The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street. 6:00pm cash bar reception; 6:30pm lecture; 7:45pm optional dinner. Lecture & Reception only: $30 members and co-sponsors; $40 non-members. Lecture & Dinner: $80 members and non-members.

New York City, Thursday, May 4, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library, 20 West 44th  St.  6:15pm lecture; 7:15pm reception. 

Registration opens March 2: visit www.royal-oak.org/lectures or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. *Use co-sponsor code 17SVICSOC to receive discounted member price.


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