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Sunday, October 20, 2019, 11:30am
Talk and Lunch: The Splendor of Georgian Mirrors
Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island

Designed in the Charles II style by George A. Crawley and completed in 1906, Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence. AFGG is invited to view the collection of gorgeous Georgian mirrors up close, before they go back up on the walls.

Clinton Howell will speak to our group about the mirrors and other decorative treasures in the house, and guests will have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the massive restoration currently under way in the house.

Guests taking LIRR will be picked up, ticket includes tour and lunch.

Free for active AFGG members
$20 for non-members

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:15pm
The Last King of America: King George III and His Library
General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street
Joint event with The Royal Oak Foundation

While King George III is often described as the “mad king who lost America,” there were many sides to this longest reigning male monarch in British history. He was a keen book lover who used his royal salary and connections to bring together one of the largest private libraries of his age—more than 65,000 volumes. Later the King’s Library was donated to the nation by George IV and housed in a gallery in the British Museum—later forming part of the founding collection of The British Library in London. British Library curator Adrian Edwards will talk about this remarkable collection and illustrate its masterpieces. He will discuss how it was amassed and who helped George III create one of the greatest libraries in the world. He will also point out American connections.

Tickets: $30. Call Kayla Smith at (212) 480-2889, ext. 201, or visit the Royal Oak Foundation website, and use code AFGG19.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:15pm
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends who Shaped an Age
General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street
Reception and book signing following
Joint event with The Royal Oak Foundation

In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, David Garrick and James Boswell — it was known simply as “the Club.” In this lecture Historian Dr. Leo Damrosch brings alive this eccentric cast of the most notable writers, artists, and thinkers of the 18th century. He conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late 18th century Britain. Dr. Damrosch will transport the audience back into a world of brilliant conversations and arguments among an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, as well as our own.

Tickets: $30. Call Kayla Smith at (212) 480-2889, ext. 201, or visit the Royal Oak Foundation website, and use code AFGG19.

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00pm
Talk: The Central Park, Original Designs for New York's Greatest Treasure
The Colonial Dames of America
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street

Central Park might be the most famous and best loved example of pastoral landscape architecture in the United States, but it’s also our brilliant backyard. If you’ve ever wondered how our extraordinary emerald oasis became a reality, be sure to join us for this illustrated book talk with art historian and New York City Municipal Archives conservator Cynthia Brenwall.

Drawing on hundreds of previously-unpublished designs, notes, maps and materials from the New York City Municipal Archives, Ms. Brenwall’s new book, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure, offers a more complete understanding of the development and early history of Central Park than ever before.

In this illustrated lecture, she will give us a lush look at the park’s creation, and show off early examples of Olmsted and Vaux’s extraordinary vision.

The event is hosted by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and co-sponsored with The Colonial Dames of America and American Friends of the Georgian Group.

Tickets: $15 for Friends, CDA, and AFGG members, $25 for non-members, visit the Friends website

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