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Thursday, September 27th, 2018
10th Annual Georgian Group Preservation Award Presentation

Details will be forthcoming

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, or click here for the registration form.

October 8th – 12th, 2018
Great Country Houses & Gardens in Northamptonshire

The October trip to Northamptonshire will be a magnificent visit to an area rich in outstanding country estates. Among the highlights of this trip will be a gala dinner at Althorp, Earl Charles Spencer's home.

Click this link to access the
2018 AFGG Northamptonshire Tour Brochure

Many of the details of the trip are included in the brochure, but don't hesitate to contact our office or Tina Graham in London for answers to specific questions,, T: 011-44-207-529-8924

Please note, participants must be current members of the American Friends of the Georgian Group.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, 6:00pm
Brian Coleman Lecture - The Art of Luxury Linens
The Colonial Dames of America, 417 East 61st Street

Take a peek inside private homes and gardens to see why D. Porthault has been the favored French luxury linens brand for nearly one hundred years. Tour old-world classic and contemporary decors in the US and France as you read the story of the Porthault company and explore its design and production ateliers.

Brian D. Coleman MD divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal where he is the editor-at-large to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of twenty books on the decorative arts including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Fortuny Interiors.

$45 for AFGG members
$55 for non-members
$20 for American Young Georgians

To pay online, click on links above. Please note that PayPal charges a fee for its services.
Alternatively, you may mail a check to the AFGG office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 506, New York, NY 10036

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