Photos, from top: Euston Hall, Houghton, Castle Howard, Corsham Court.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00 pm
Tour: Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Use the main entrance, and meet at the information desk in the Main Hall.

We have been invited for a rare, behind-the-scenes visit to the Conservation Department at the Met, which will be working on the reinstallation of the British Art Collection. Sign up early, only 15 people will be permitted on the tour!

Update: Unfortunately, this tour is sold out.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 pm
B.J. Rahn: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown,
Georgian Polymath: Architect, Engineer, Landscape Designer

Lecture and Reception
The Colonial Dames of America, 417 East 61st Street

Responding to the changing taste of the era, between 1751 and 1783 Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown developed a style of landscape design enhancing the innate character of a site, or ‘genius of the place,’ in a manner which combined aesthetic pleasure and agricultural viability. This principle of Design conforming to Nature. rather than being imposed on Nature, was an illusion contrived by Brown's ingenious engineering which redirected water courses, leveled hills or created contours, and moved whole villages to widen a vista or open a prospect. For the ‘improved’ landscape he designed neoclassical architectural follies and sourced classical sculpture to stimulate thought and inspire aesthetic appreciation. Brown transformed the English countryside and so captured the spirit of the age in the nearly 200 properties he ‘improved’ that his fame spread and his style became known as le jardin Anglais. Brown’s three major talents will be discussed in relation to three estates: Croome Park, Corsham Court, and Claremont.

After receiving a Ph.D. at Columbia University, Professor B. J. Rahn, joined the English Department at Hunter College in New York, where she taught, researched, and wrote about 18th century literature and culture for three decades. Long an admirer of British landscape gardens, she celebrated Lancelot 'Capability’ Brown’s the tri-centenary in 2016 by visiting his home in the Manor of Fenstanton in Cambridgeshire, touring nine estates with landscapes designed by Brown, and attending a conference sponsored by the Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust.

$45 for AFGG members
$20 for American Young Georgians
$55 for non-members
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May 15 – 19, 2017
Cumbrian Tour
Trip run by Georgian Group, UK
Contact Tina Graham <>
to reserve a place

The tour will begin on Monday, 15 May and finish on Friday, 19 May. We have a selection of very special private houses to visit during the week and one very special garden, Gresgarth Hall—home of the internationally renowned garden designer, Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd. We will be staying at Blencowe Hall, an award-winning fortified manor house near Penrith which glories in a number of beautiful four-poster bedrooms with views of the stunning landscape of the Eden Valley.

As a special treat, we have hired a traditional wooden launch for a private tour of Lake Windermere where we will be surrounded by glorious mountain landscapes with wonderful lakeside views of castles and private houses, all while enjoying a champagne picnic lunch on board.

The evenings will be enlivened with a lecture from a local architectural historian and a possible recital of early music. We have also invited several owners to join us for dinner so it should be a very jolly week.

More information:

If you are interested in the trip, please contact Tina Graham at the Georgian Group as soon as possible to reserve a place. In the email please include your room choices in order 1,2,3; all best efforts will be made to meet your requests, but it will be on a first come first served basis. You will then receive a booking form and payment details for the exact amount required.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Millbrook Trip

8:00 am pick-up at Park Avenue and 72nd Street

Join us for a trip to Millbrook where we will be seeing 4 houses we have not previously visited, including Lithgow, as well as enjoying a lunch at a special local venue.

$195 per person
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Your chance to own this limited-edition, priceless piece
$25 Raffle tickets available from The American Friends of the Georgian Group

To benefit the Georgian Group in London, we will raffle a distinctive prize: a Buckingham Palace Table Rule. This fully functioning measuring instrument was produced for the Palace to help create impressive table arrangements for formal dinners. Designed and produced for Buckingham Palace for exact symmetry in table settings. Made in acrylic, it enables impressive displays with the military precision needed for banquets and formal dinners. As a uniquely designed, fully functioning measuring instrument, this needed to be accompanied by exquisite packaging that could appeal to its royal origin and convey excellence and precision.

To purchase raffle tickets, payments can be made by check only to AFGG (at 20 West 44th Street, NY, NY 10036). Tickets will be held by AFGG for the raffle. You do not need to be present to win. Scroll down for complete details about the event itself.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:00 pm
80th Anniversary Celebration and Garden Party
Philip Colleck Ltd., 311 East 58th Street

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of The Georgian Group with us!

This special occasion will be marked at Phillip Colleck Antiques, established in 1938 [a year younger than the Georgian Group], specializing in fine eighteenth and early nineteenth century English furniture and works of art, including Chinoiserie—a perfect tie-in to The Georgian Group.

The festivities will take place in the shop and garden and will include a tour to view the craftsmanship and the beauty of this landmarked pre-Civil War brick house. Our celebration will also include a toast to Queen Elizabeth in honor of her 91st birthday.

Dressing in “The Spirit of the Age” is encouraged, but 2017 attire is equally welcome.

$75 for AFGG members
$35 for American Young Georgians
$100 for guests
$50 for Young Georgian guests
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 6:00 pm
The New York British-American Societies'
Annual Summer Garden Party


This October’s trip to Scotland runs from the evening of Sunday, October 15th until Friday, October 20th.

We will be staying in two places—three nights at the Dalmahoy Hotel outside Edinburgh and then two nights on the west side at Dumfries House. Edinburgh is accessible by either the nearby Edinburgh airport or train service from London’s King’s Cross; the trains run frequently and the trip is 4 hours, 20 minutes. For those who wish to spend an extra day or two in Edinburgh itself, either arriving early or staying after, we have been quoted special rates at two very fine hotels in the center.

We will gather at the Dalmahoy Hotel on the evening of Sunday October, 15th for our get-to-know-you reception and dinner. We will visit nearby Drumlanrig (known as the pink palace) where we will be entertained to lunch by the owner, Georgian Group President, the Duke of Buccleuch.

Participation is limited, so a timely decision to take part is encouraged (our 2016 trip sold out). We will share further details and the early trip brochure in February.

The 2016 tour sold out by March and we are limited to 30 spaces. They go quickly!

The cost for the Scotland Trip is $4,200 total per person. A deposit of $800 is needed to reserve a spot, and if you prefer a single room, there is an additional single room supplement of $250.

$800 Deposit     |     $3,400 Balance     |    $250 Single Room Supplement

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