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Los Angeles  |  Monday October 23

Lecture   Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance

Beverly Hills Women's Club    1700 Chevy Chase Dr  |  7:15 PM

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Architectural Historian & Author

Jeremy Musson is a leading commentator and authority on the English Country House.

He was awarded an M Phil in Renaissance History at the Warburg Institute, University of London in 1989 and was Architectural Editor of Country Life from 1995-2008.

Before joining Country Life in 1995, Mr. Musson was an assistant regional curator for the National Trust in East Anglia, curating historic houses such as Ickworth House, and at the same time setting up the research and interpretation of new sites, such as the ex-bomb testing range and nature reserve at Orford Ness in Suffolk.

He has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Garsington Manor to Knebworth House.

Mr. Musson also presented a 6-part series on BBC 2 called Curious House Guest in 2005. His books include The English Manor House (1999), Plasterwork (2000), How to Read a Country House (2007), The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh, Up and Down Stairs: The History of the English Country House Servant (2009), and English Country House Interiors (2011). His latest book is Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance (2017)

Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance

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Robert Adam was one of the greatest architects of Georgian Britain, and influenced generations with his use of the neoclassical aesthetic in the country house interior.

After returning to Britain from a Grand Tour to Italy and Dalmatia in the 1750s, he set up as an architect in London, and was an immediate success.

Adam introduced and popularized decoration based on ancient classical ornament, with tablets and medallions of low relief plasterwork on ceilings and walls; carved and gilded classical motifs on furniture; and designs for chimneypieces incorporating classical masks, wreaths and tributes.

He also used fashionable colors such as pink, green, blue, lilac, and straw to allow his ornamental detail to be read in relief and to create harmony between ceiling and side walls.

His plans were distinctive for their vaulted ceilings, screens of columns, apses, and niches, which all created what he himself called "movement... to add greatly to the picturesque of the composition."

Architectural historian Jeremy Musson will talk about Adam's extraordinary life and work, describing his unique design process, his patrons, and his enduring legacy to the world of design.

Mr. Musson will illustrate and describe magnificent country house interiors designed by Adam, including National Trust treasures such as, Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, Osterley Park, in Middlesex, and Saltram, in Devon, as well as other famous houses such as the Duke of Northumberland's Syon House, Newby Hall in Yorkshire and Lord Mansfield's Kenwood House.

Los Angeles  |  Monday October 23

Lecture   Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance

Beverly Hills Women's Club    1700 Chevy Chase Dr  |  7:15 PM

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