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An Introduction to British Architectural History / English Baroque

Jeremy Musson, architectural historian, author and broadcaster has devised an enjoyable and informative introduction to British architectural history by looking at the works of select groups of influential architects working in the late seventeenth century, the early eighteenth century, the late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century; he uses the work of these architects to help navigate the complex story of architecture in each of these key periods. As a former architectural editor of Country Life there will be an emphasis on country house design, but this will be related to wider themes of public, urban and ecclesiastical work.

This lecture will deal with the three great architects of the English Baroque: Wren, Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh, and look at their public, church and country house work; this was a rapidly changing era for architecture, and Wren was responsible for the rebuilding of St Paul's, palaces and churches, and Chelsea and Greenwich Hospitals; Hawksmoor, his faithful assistant was also assistant to Vanbrugh, an architectural amateur, who nonetheless produced several of the country's most memorable country houses, Castle Howard and Blenheim; Hawksmoor's great moment came after 1711 with his new churches for London, including Christ Church, Spitalfields.


Mr Jeremy Mussom | talks


Date and Time:

14 January 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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