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La Jolla  |  Tuesday December 5

Lecture   William Waldorf Astor: From American Tycoon to English Lord

La Jolla Woman's Club    7791 Draper Avenue  |  6:45 PM

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Historian & Speaker

Curt DiCamillo is an architectural historian and authority on the British country house. He has taught classes in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the School of the MFA.

Mr. DiCamillo leads tours on the architectural and artistic heritage of Britain. Since 1999 he has maintained an award-winning website, The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses (TheDiCamillo.com), which seeks to document every country house, standing or demolished.

In recognition of his work, he has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and The Prince of Wales.

He is a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is an alumnus of the Royal Collection Studies program and The Attingham Summer School.

He is currently Curator for Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. From 2004 to 2012 he served as Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA (today he serves as Executive Director Emeritus).

Previously, he worked for 13 years for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

William Waldorf Astor: From American Tycoon to English Lord

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William Waldorf Astor, attorney, politician, philanthropist, newspaper publisher and peer of England was one of the richest men in the world during the early 20th century.

Descended from a German butcher's son who immigrated to New York in 1783, Astor, unlike his rough-and-tumble great grandfather, was a sensitive and cultured man who created some of the finest houses, gardens and art collections.

In 1882, while living in Rome as the American Ambassador to Italy, Mr. Astor fostered a passion for art and sculpture by purchasing many treasures. By 1891, he was living with his family in London and at his country estate in Buckinghamshire—Cliveden. He became a British citizen in 1899 and a peer in 1916.

In this richly illustrated lecture, historian Curt DiCamillo will trace the extraordinary life of one of the world's most enigmatic tycoons who became an English lord.

It will feature Astor's most magnificent houses, from his English country estates—Hever Castle in Kent, the ancestral home of Anne Boleyn—to Cliveden House, the magnificent Thames-side palace—to his stunning London home, Astor House.

He will also illustrate Lord Astor's sublime paradise of art, architecture, and gardens, the subject of his forthcoming book, Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast (2017).

La Jolla  |  Tuesday December 5

Lecture   William Waldorf Astor: From American Tycoon to English Lord

La Jolla Woman's Club    7791 Draper Avenue  |  6:45 PM

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