2014 Events

IAN COX LECTURES

Ian Cox is a decorative arts historian with special interests in historic interiors, furniture and ceramics. For many years he taught in the History of Art Department at Glasgow University and was Director of the Christie's Master's Programme in the History of the Decorative Arts. For the last 15 years he has worked at the Christie's London School of Education, first as Director of Studies and more recently as Director of Short Course Programmes and The London Art Course.  He is currently Director of the Victorian Society in America’s London Summer School, which this year is enjoying its 40th Anniversary. He will be presenting a series of enlightening lectures in Philadelphia and New York in November. The following lectures are sponsored by The Royal Oak Foundation to take place in Philadelphia and New York.

Royal Retreats: The Holiday Homes of Queen Victoria & The Prince

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert held court at their official residences, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. However, during the early years of their marriage they yearned for private retreats where they could enjoy family life. The royal couple would go on to acquire estates at Osborne, East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and at Balmoral, Aberdeenshire in Scotland. Prince Albert would take a hand in developing suitable houses for the time they would spend in each of these special places—Osborne built between 1845-1851 and designed in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo, and Balmoral completed in 1856 in the Scots Baronial style. Both properties became central to their lives and much loved holiday homes, each providing, in different ways, much needed relief from the intense pressures of court life in and near the capital. Osborne became a monument to their marriage and Balmoral a remote and very Scottish seasonal home. The latter is still much enjoyed by the royal family today. Ian Cox's lecture will explore the history, development and significance of both of these fascinating royal residences.

Philadelphia

Thursday, November 6

6:00 PM reception; 6:30 PM. lecture; 7:45 PM dinner

The Union League of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street

$30 members and co-sponsors lecture and reception only

$75 members and co-sponsors lecture, reception and dinner

BUSINESS ATTIRE REQUIRED

Registration Required. To register call 212-480-2889, ext. 201 or visit www.royal-oak.org Please use the discount code 14FVICSOC or mention Victorian Society when calling. A limited number of free tickets are available for 2014 London Victorian Society Summer School scholars.

New York City

Monday, November 10

6:00 PM reception; 6:30 PM lecture

Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

417 East 61 St. (bet First & York)

$30 members and co-sponsors

BUSINESS ATTIRE REQUIRED

Registration Required. To register call 212-480-2889, ext. 201 or visit www.royal-oak.org Please use the discount code 14FVICSOC or mention Victorian Society when calling. A limited number of free tickets are available for 2014 London Victorian Society Summer School scholars.

The following lecture is sponsored by the Victorian Society New York, Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in New York.

Victorian Exhibition Ceramics

From 1850-1900 more than 50 international exhibitions showcased the excellence and innovative designs of such British manufacturers as Minton, Copeland, Doulton, Lambeth and others. Ian Cox will highlight examples of these creations.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6:30 PM

Dominican Academy, 44 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065 
ADMISSION: Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. The VSNY cannot guarantee seating after 6:30 PM

Ian’s lecture on Victorian Exhibition Ceramics will be repeated on

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sponsor: Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Museum

Because of space constraints, this lecture is only for Parsons/Cooper Hewitt students.


2014 VICTORIAN SOCIETY IN AMERICA BOOK AWARDS
tom thumbThe Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to the study of architecture, decorative arts or related fields. The 2014 award is presented to Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles P. Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity by Eric D. Lehman. Deeply humane and splendidly researched, the book is the first to do justice to Charles Stratton, better known as General Tom Thumb. It shows him to be a charming and dynamic entrepreneur who shrewdly exploited his international celebrity, by no means a hapless victim, and it does so with great insight and sympathy.
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prideThe William E. Fischelis Award recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to the study of 19th-century American art and artists. The 2014 award is presented to Tell it With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial by Nancy K. Anderson and Sara Greenough. This beautiful catalogue casts new light on one of America’s finest sculptures, Saint-Gaudens’ memorial to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Besides showing the sculptor’s extraordinary preparatory studies, it provides the first comprehensive examination of the soldiers who comprised that all-black regiment, along with a poignant inventory of their names, ages, and occupations. The volume is a magnificent study of the art and the soldiers it memorializes.

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communityThe Ruth Emery Award recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to the study of regional history. The 2014 award is presented to Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts, by Keith N. Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing and Roger G. Reed. Whether or not Brookline was “the richest town in the world,” as was sometimes claimed, it was remarkably beautiful and influential. That this was largely the achievement of Frederick Law Olmsted is persuasively demonstrated by this superbly researched and well-written account.