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William Kent - Designing Georgian Britain: Events

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Sat 22 March 2014–Sun 13 July 2014

EXHIBITION: Experience the life and work of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. Explore how Kent’s artistic inventiveness set the style at a time when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed a design aesthetic for the period.

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V&A Book Club
V&A Book Club

Fri 09 May 2014 18:30

SPECIAL EVENT: Inspired by William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain we will be reading Peter Ackroyd’s award winning ‘Hawksmoor’, a detective story based on architecture.

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Music from the Georgian Era
Music from the Georgian Era

Fri 09 May 2014 20:00

LIVE MUSIC: Join us for an exclusive concert by the Chamber Ensemble of London to hear a selection of pieces composed in the Georgian era.

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Lunchtime Lecture: William Kent: Creating the Grand Tour Style
Lunchtime Lecture: William Kent: Creating the Grand Tour Style

Wed 04 June 2014 13:00

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Why was William Kent so influential and controversial in creating a new style for the Georgian age?

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Pop-up Performance - May Half Term
Pop-up Performance - May Half Term

Sat 24 May 2014–Sun 01 June 2014

FAMILY EVENT: Meet William Kent – a famous 18th Century designer of houses and gardens and lover of good food.

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Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick House and Gardens

Thu 24 April 2014 13:30

Chiswick House is a magnificent neo- Palladian villa built by the 3rd Earl of Burlington in 1729.

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Italian Influences in British Art and Design
Italian Influences in British Art and Design

Mon 12 May 2014 11:00

Join Roisin Inglesby, assistant curator of ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’, as she leads a tour of the Museum exploring the subject of Italian influences in British art and design, with a special focus on the work of William Kent.

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Garden Design Today - The Georgian Way
Garden Design Today - The Georgian Way

Fri 16 May 2014 10:30

WORKSHOP: Many of the rules and tools for today’s garden designers were developed and perfected by William Kent and his peers in Georgian Britain.

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The Other Georgian Story
The Other Georgian Story

Fri 20 June 2014 18:30

EVENING EVENT: Glimpse into the parallel lives of black people living in the Caribbean, the Americas and Georgian Britain, ‘invisible’ to Kentian society.

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The English Country House
The English Country House

Tue 01 July 2014 11:00

4 WEEK SHORT COURSE: This course explores the architecture, interiors and decoration of the greatest country houses of England, ranging from the Medieval manor, to the Jacobean powerhouse, the Georgian mansion, and the Gothic Revival castle.

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Organised by the Bard Graduate Center, New York City and the V&A.
Support generously provided by The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.
With thanks to the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of The Selz Foundation.