Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Symposium: The Architecture of James Gibbs
The Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House, Picadilly, London
Following successful conferences sponsored by the Group in previous years on John Nash and the Adam Brothers, the Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on the work of James Gibbs (1682–1754). Born in Scotland and trained in Rome, Gibbs was one of the most important British architects of the eighteenth century, responsible for such well-known buildings as the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, and for many other commissions, both public and private, throughout the British Isles. He also published one of the most influential of all eighteenth-century architectural pattern books, as a result of which his influence spread throughout the worldwide British diaspora. Drawing upon recent research, the symposium will reassess, and throw new light upon, his achievement and its significance for the understanding of Georgian architecture.
The symposium will be held from 10am to 5.15pm, and will be led by Dr Geoffrey Tyack, editor of the Georgian Group Journal. Speakers will include leading authorities on eighteenth-century British architecture and decorative art—among them Andrew Martindale, Peter Guillery, Richard Hewlings, Charles Hind, Hugh Petter and Alec Cobbe—and younger scholars. There will be papers on Gibbs's Scottish background and his training in Rome; his work in London; his university buildings in Oxford and Cambridge; his country houses in both Britain and Ireland; his contribution to interior design, with special reference to plasterwork; his transatlantic influence; his portrait busts; and his relevance to the classical architecture of our own day.
Following the symposium there will be a reception at the church of St Peter, Vere Street (just north of Oxford Street), built to Gibbs's designs in 1721–4, with superb plasterwork by the Swiss-Italian plasterers Artari and Bagutti.
Cost: £50 per person (£25 for students), including buffet lunch and reception.
Please book online at georgiangroup.org.uk, or click here for the registration form.