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18 October 2017

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 18 November when Leighton James will be giving a talk entitled Disaster on the Monongahela 1755: British Reactions to Braddock’s Defeat in North America.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image: Braddock's Death at the Battle of Monongahela, 9 July 1755, detail from a nineteenth-century illustration

12 September 2017

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 14 October when Emma Major will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Madam Britannia: Church and Nation in the Eighteenth Century. Originally scheduled for November 2016, this lecture was postponed owing to the speaker’s illness.

Dr Major’s talk will be preceded by an Extraordinary General Meeting starting at 2.30 pm, the agenda for which has been circulated to members with the printed lecture programme.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image: The Contrast 1792, by Thomas Rowlandson, hand-coloured etching, 1792 (© Trustees of the British Museum, London)

20 March 2017

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MADELEINE PELLING has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2017. She is shown in the photograph above receiving the Award from Nick Nuttgens, eldest son of Patrick. The presentation was made on Saturday 11 March at York St John University.

The winner, who received a certificate of high commendation in the previous year’s competition, is now a second-year PhD student in the University of York’s Department of History of Art. Her research explores collections of antiquities and natural history objects assembled by women in the eighteenth century, focusing on that of Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. The cash prize will be used by Madeleine mainly to support essential visits to archives at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, and the Society of Antiquaries, London. It will also enable her to attend relevant conferences in Sheffield and London.

Patrick Nuttgens (1930–2004), architect, broadcaster and educationist, was the first Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and first offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to support a PhD student working, in any department of the University, on an aspect of the Georgian period.

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of lectures for 2017–18 is announced: please visit the Lectures page for more information. Members will receive the usual printed programme card in the summer.

Image: © Richard Green

13 February 2017

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 11 March when Dr Carolyn Anderson will give a talk entitled The Art of Depicting with a Soldier’s Eye: Paul Sandby and the Military Mapping of the Highlands. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded, at 2.30 pm, by the presentation of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2017 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period).

Image: East View of Edinburgh Castle, by Paul Sandby (one of a set of drawings presented to the Board of Ordnance as specimens of the artist’s ability for the post of draughtsman to the Military Survey in Scotland), pen and black ink, 1746–47 (© Trustees of the British Museum, London)

18 Janurary 2017

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 11 February, when Michael Bevington will give an illustrated talk entitled The Changing Face of Stowe. Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The talk will follow the Society’s 77th Annual General Meeting starting at 2.30 pm. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

The Society’s latest Annual Report will be circulated to members before the AGM. The Summer Programme for 2017 will be included in the same mailing.

PATRICK NUTTGENS CBE (1930–2004) is to be the subject of the Sheldon Memorial Lecture in 2017, given by Dr Jane Crease. An architect, educationist, writer and broadcaster, Patrick Nuttgens was, amongst his wide-ranging activities both locally and nationally, successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. Our annual Patrick Nuttgens Award is named in his honour. This lecture will take place in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, York, on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 7.00 pm.

Admission to the Sheldon lecture is strictly by ticket only. For further information and an application slip click here. Please note that this lecture is organised by the Sheldon Memorial Trust, from whom tickets should be obtained as directed, and not from the York Georgian Society.

Image: Front cover of Michael Bevington’s book Stowe House, revised edition, 2002

6 December 2016

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 January when Ralph Harrington will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Making Meanings: Interpreting the Decorative Plasterwork of Fairfax House, York.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

We wish all our members and visitors to this website a very happy Christmas!

Image: Ceiling of the Great Staircase at Fairfax House, York, with plasterwork of 1762–63 by Giuseppe Cortese and James Henderson (photo © Ralph Harrington)

21 November 2016

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 3 December when Dr Adrian Green will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Architecture and Social Life at Boynton Hall and York House, Malton, from the English Revolution to the French Revolution.

Image: West wing of Boynton Hall, East Yorkshire (photo Tim Schadla-Hall)

16 November 2016

We regret that, owing to illness, Emma Major is unable to give her lecture Madam Britannia: Church and Nation in the Eighteenth Century on Saturday 19 November, as announced. At very short notice, Ian Small, Chairman of the York Georgian Society and a theatre historian, has agreed to take her place. The subject of his lecture will be Who would be a Theatre Manager? York Race Week 1765.

We hope to re-schedule Dr Major’s talk as part of the 2017–18 programme.

10 October 2016

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 19 November when Emma Major will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Madam Britannia: Church and Nation in the Eighteenth Century.

Image: The Contrast 1792, by Thomas Rowlandson, hand-coloured etching, 1792 (© Trustees of the British Museum, London)

12 September 2016

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 8 October when Matthew Craske will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Understanding Georgian Monumental Sculpture: The Various Approaches of Scholars.

Image: Funerary Monument to Mary, 3rd Duchess of Montagu, in St Edmund's Church, Warkton, Northamptonshire, by Peter Mathias Van Gelder, marble, 1775 (photo courtesy of TripAdvisor)

14 March 2016

HANNAH HOGAN has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2016. A certificate of high commendation, in an extremely competitive field, goes to Madeleine Pelling.

The winner is in the second year of a part-time PhD in the Department of History at the University of York. Hannah Hogan’s thesis, Work, Identity and Sociability in Yorkshire, 1650–1750, will contribute towards a new history of labour in the early modern period, addressing a time-span hitherto little explored by social and cultural historians. The Award will enable her to continue archival research across the historic county of Yorkshire – in record offices at Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Northallerton and Wakefield.

Madeleine Pelling is a first-year PhD student in the University’s Department of History of Art. Her research explores collections of antiquities and natural history objects assembled by women in the eighteenth century, focusing on that of Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. A smaller cash prize will help to support her visits to archives at Nottingham University and Longleat House, Wiltshire.

NewsPatrick Nuttgens (1930–2004) was the first Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and initially offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to support a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

15 February 2016

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 12 March when Karen Lynch will give a talk entitled A Noble Prospect: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape. This year is the tercentenary of Lancelot (‘Capability’) Brown’s birth. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2016 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period).

Image: Portrait of Capability Brown, after Nathaniel Dance, oil on canvas, c.1773 (© National Portrait Gallery, London)

11 January 2016

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 13 February when Dr Lesley Miller will give an illustrated talk entitled Forbidden Fruits: French Silks in eighteenth-century Britain. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The talk will follow the Society’s 76th Annual General Meeting. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

The Society’s latest Annual Report will be circulated to members before the AGM. The Summer Programme for 2016 will be included in the same mailing.

Image: Design for silk, possibly by Jean Revel, c.1735–39 (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, E.1861:105-1991, purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund)

8 December 2015

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 9 January 2016 with an illustrated talk entitled Women Printmakers in late Georgian England, to be given by David Alexander.

Image: Plan of the Campaign, by Catherine Maria Fanshawe (1765–1834), etching and drypoint, date uncertain (© Trustees of the British Museum, London)

16 November 2015

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures continues on Saturday 5 December, at 2.30pm, when Dr Patricia Andrew will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Alexander Nasmyth, 1758––1840, Polymath: Painter, Architect, Engineer and Designer.

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Images: (above right) Portrait of Alexander Nasmyth, after Andrew Geddes, oil on mahogany panel, c.1825, and (below) Edinburgh from Duke’’’s Walk by Alexander Nasmyth, oil on canvas, c.1820 (both, private collection)

26 October 2015

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 November, when Professor Edward Royle will give a talk entitled The Great Yorkshire Election of 1807.

The above replaces the lecture previously announced for November, Jane Austen and her Galleries: The Novelist as Portraitist, which was to have been given by Bob Woodings, who is unwell. We apologise for this unavoidable change to the programme and are grateful to Professor Royle for stepping in at short notice to fill the gap.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image: – a Kick at the Broad-Bottoms! – i.e. – Emancipation of All the Talents, by James Gillray, etching and slight aquatint with hand-colouring, published 23 March 1807 (© Trustees of the British Museum, London)

12 October 2015

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 November, when Bob Woodings will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Jane Austen and her Galleries: The Novelist as Portraitist.

Image: Jane Austen’’s house at Chawton, Hampshire (©Bob Woodings)

24 August 2015

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 10 October when Sue Palmer will be giving an illustrated talk on everyday life at the London home of the architect Sir John Soane, entitled The Servants’’ Daily Round: Domestic Life at Lincoln’’s Inn Fields.

Image: Composite View of No.13 Lincoln’’s Inn Fields, by Joseph Michael Gandy, watercolour, 1822 (courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’’s Museum, London)

19 March 2015

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SARAH BURDETT has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2015, while a certificate of high commendation goes to Sarah Wride. The photograph above shows Sarah Burdett, right, and Sarah Wride, left. Bridget Nuttgens (widow of Patrick), standing between them, made the presentations on Saturday 14 March at York St John University.

The winner, Sarah Burdett, is in the final year of her PhD, in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Her topic is Female Militancy in British Dramas: 1789––1803, that is, the representation of armed women on the British stage during the French Revolutionary period. The Award will enable Sarah to complete her researches at the British Library, London, and the Mander and Mitcheson theatre archive collection held by the University of Bristol.

Sarah Wride is a second-year PhD student, also in the Department of English and Related Literature. Her subject is ‘This ill-shaped monster’: Representing the ‘Rotten Borough’, 1761––1832. Her smaller cash prize will help support research visits to archives in Wiltshire, Suffolk, Leeds, and Grasmere.

Patrick Nuttgens (1930––2004) was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and first offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

Image: © Richard Green

20 February 2015

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 14 March when Robert Latter, military historian and until recently a member of our committee, will give a talk entitled A real-life Mr Darcy: Colonel Hervey Aston (1759–1798). Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2015 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period).

Of interest to members and other visitors to this site will be a talk on the Arts and Crafts architect Walter Brierley (1862–1926) to be given by Edward Waterson on Tuesday 24 March 2015 in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York (in the series of Sheldon Memorial Lectures). Please follow the link Walter Brierley for further details.

Image:Portrait of (Henry) Hervey Aston, attributed to Richard Cosway, watercolour on ivory, c.1795 (private collection)

13 January 2015

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 February when John Goodall will give an illustrated talk entitled Georgian Gothic. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The talk will follow the Society’s 75th Annual General Meeting. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

The Society’s latest Annual Report will be circulated to members before the AGM. The Summer Programme for 2015 will be included in the same mailing.

Image: Bishopthorpe Palace, the gatehouse, 1763-69 (© Richard Green)

8 December 2014

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 10 January 2015 with an illustrated talk entitled Dick Turpin: Reality and Myth, to be given by Professor James Sharpe.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’'s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017), in De Grey Court at York St John University.

Image: Unknown artist, Dick Turpin clearing the Old Hornsey Toll Bar Gate to the Surprise of his Persuers, etching and aquatint, 1836 (© 2014 Malcolm Warrington/fotoLIBRA)

10 November 2014

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 6 December, when Professor Judith Hawley will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Clubbing and Toasting in Georgian Britain.

Image: A Midnight Modern Conversation, after William Hogarth, oil on canvas, c.1732 (Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection)

20 October 2014

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 8 November, when Helen Wyld will be giving an illustrated talk entitled French Tapestry and Britain 1689––1789. The speaker has recently been appointed Curator at the National Trust for Scotland.

11 August 2014

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We are delighted to announce that DAN CRUICKSHANK, architectural historian and writer, and well-known television presenter, will be speaking to the York Georgian Society on Saturday afternoon, 18 October 2014. His illustrated lecture, on Wentworth Woodhouse, will mark exactly the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Society’s inaugural meeting held on 18 October 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II.

Dan Cruickshank first presented a television programme in the series One Foot in the Past in 1993, and has written and presented programmes regularly for the BBC since then. These have ranged from series such as Britain’s Best Buildings (2002) and What the Industrial Revolution did for Us (2003) through Adventures in Architecture (2008) and Great Railway Adventures (2010) to The Country House Revealed (2011) and The Bridges that Built London (2012). His three-part series Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces was broadcast this year. Dan Cruickshank’s many publications include Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland (1985), The Royal Hospital Chelsea (2004), The Secret History of Georgian London (2009) and Bridges (2010), as well as books tying in with his television series.

The talk will be given in the Fountains Lecture Theatre at York St John University, at 2.30 pm (doors opening at 2 pm), followed by a reception with sparkling wine to celebrate the anniversary. Admission is free to members of the Society, but £10 a head (to include refreshments) for non-members. As places will be limited, booking in advance is essential – for both members and non-members. For members, booking is free and open immediately either by e-mail (secretary@yorkgeorgiansociety.org) or by post (address below) enclosing an SAE for acknowledgement. For non-members, booking will open on 1 September 2014 by post only (address below) requiring payment of £10 per head (cheques made out to York Georgian Society) and an SAE. Unbooked places may be available on the day but cannot be guaranteed. Postal address for booking:

York Georgian Society
c/o The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
Fossgate, York YO19XD

Dan Cruickshank’s talk will launch the Society’s programme of lectures on Saturday afternoons over the winter of 2014–15. Visit the Lectures page for information about all of the season’s talks, including details of the two venues – the Fountains Lecture Theatre (FT/003), in the Fountains Learning Centre, and the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017), in De Grey Court, both at York St John University.

Image credit: Telegraph

7 July 2014

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We are delighted to announce that DAN CRUICKSHANK, architectural historian and writer, and well-known television presenter, will be speaking to the York Georgian Society on Saturday afternoon, 18 October 2014. His illustrated lecture, on Wentworth Woodhouse, will mark exactly the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Society’s inaugural meeting held on 18 October 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II.

Dan Cruickshank first presented a television programme in the series One Foot in the Past in 1993, and has written and presented programmes regularly for the BBC since then. These have ranged from series such as Britain’s Best Buildings (2002) and What the Industrial Revolution did for Us (2003) through Adventures in Architecture (2008) to the more recent Great Railway Adventures (2010), The Country House Revealed (2011) and The Bridges that Built London (2012). His three-part series Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces was broadcast this year. Dan Cruickshank’s many publications include Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland (1985), The Royal Hospital Chelsea (2004), The Secret History of Georgian London (2009) and Bridges (2010), as well as books tying in with his television series.

The talk will be given in the Fountains Lecture Theatre at York St John University, at 2.30 pm (doors opening at 2 pm), followed by a reception with sparkling wine to celebrate the anniversary. Admission is free to members of the Society, but £10 a head (to include refreshments) for non-members. As places will be limited, booking in advance is essential – for both members and non-members. Further information about booking will be announced soon.

Dan Cruickshank’s talk will launch the Society’s programme of lectures on Saturday afternoons over the winter of 2014–15. Visit the Lectures page for information about all of the season’s talks, including details of the two venues – the Fountains Lecture Theatre (FT/003), in the Fountains Learning Centre, and the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017), in De Grey Court, both at York St John University.

Image credit: Telegraph

17 March 2014

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ANNA Bonewitz has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2014. She is shown above, right, with Bridget Nuttgens (widow of Patrick), who presented the Award on Saturday 8 March at York St John University.

The winner, in a very strong field, is a second-year PhD student in the Department of History of Art at the University of York. Her subject is Fashion across Borders and Seas: Print Culture, Women’s Networks, and the Creation of Feminine Identities in the British Atlantic World, 1750–1900. As part of her research, Anna is investigating how knowledge of the latest women’s fashions was circulated, prior to the explosion of printed imagery, in a three-dimensional way. This was by means of fashionable dress in miniature clothing dolls sent regularly from French dressmakers on the rue Saint-Honoré in Paris to dressmakers working elsewhere on the continent and in London, and further afield to America. The financial support of the Award will enable Anna to visit collections containing such fashion dolls in this country, and in Paris and Monte Carlo, as well as accessing archival materials related to the dressmaking trade on the rue Saint-Honoré.

A certificate of high commendation (with a smaller cash prize) goes to Jessica Hendy, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, who is examining the almost forgotten role played in the abolition of slavery by the small island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. Her research includes the analysis of DNA and proteins preserved in skeletal remains found there. The Society’s financial support will help Jessica attend conferences in Oxford and Lund, in Sweden, presenting papers and receiving valuable feed-back from other researchers in the field of archaeological disease.

Patrick Nuttgens (1930-2004) was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and first offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

Of interest to members and other visitors to this site will be the handsome and informative new publication Georgian Architecture & the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire, by Austin Redman and David Neave. Please follow the link Georgian Society for East Yorkshire Publications for further information and details about ordering.

Image: RG

17 February 2014

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 8 March when James Lomax will give a talk entitled Lord Raby and his Silver Cistern: His Excellency's Perquisite. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2014 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period).

Of interest to members and other visitors to this site will be the exhibition Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library, London, until 11 March 2014. Please follow the link Georgians Revealed for further details.

Also of interest will be the handsome and informative new publication Georgian Architecture & the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire, by Austin Redman and David Neave. Please follow the link Georgian Society for East Yorkshire Publications for further information and details about ordering.

Image: Silver cistern by Philip Rollos, 1705–6 (Temple Newsam House/Leeds Museums and Galleries)

13 January 2014

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 15 February when Julius Bryant will give an illustrated talk on William Kent. This will provide a taste of the exhibition William Kent (1768–1748): Designing Georgian Britain, currently at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, but transferring to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where it will be shown from 22 March to 13 July 2014. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The talk will follow the Society’s 74th Annual General Meeting, to be introduced by the Hon. Simon Howard, President. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

The Society’s latest Annual Report will be circulated to members before the AGM. The Summer Programme for 2014 will be included in the same mailing.

A further exhibition of interest to members and other visitors to this site will be Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library, London, until 11 March 2014. Please follow the link Georgians Revealed for further details.

Image: Portrait of William Kent by William Aikman, oil on canvas, c.1723–25, National Portrait Gallery, London

9 December 2013

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 11 January 2014 with an illustrated talk entitled Horse Racing in Georgian Yorkshire to be be given by Dr David Wilkinson.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Of interest to members and other visitors to this site will be the exhibition Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library, London, until 11 March 2014. Please follow the link Georgians Revealed for further details.

Image: Doctor Syntax loses his Money on the Race Ground at York, watercolour and graphite with pen and ink, by Thomas Rowlandson, 1820. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

11 - 25 November 2013

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 7 December with an illustrated talk entitled The Carrying Trade in England in the Long Eighteenth Century. This will be given by Carolyn Dougherty, winner of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award in 2012.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of venues at York St John University, with a link to maps. Please note that the 7 December talk will be given in the Fountains Lecture Theatre in the Fountains Learning Centre, York St John University.

Image: Trade card of William Kirby at the ‘Waggon & Horses Inn’, without Walmgate Bar, York (British Museum, London)

23 October 2013

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 9 November, when Paul Lewis will be giving an illustrated talk entitled The Boydell Shakespeare Gallery: Failure and Success. The Shakespeare Gallery was a project launched by John and Josiah Boydell in 1786, comprising an ambitious series of engravings illustrating Shakespeare’s plays and a London gallery exhibiting the specially commissioned paintings on which these were based. It constitutes an important, though still little-known, chapter in the history of later eighteenth-century initiatives aimed at establishing and defining a British ‘school’ of painting.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image: Francis Legat after George Romney, Cassandra Raving (illustrating Troilus and Cressida, act 2, scene 2), engraving published 1 January 1795 as part of the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery

21 August 2013

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 19 October when Dr Peter James Bowman will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Prince Pückler-Muskau: A German Visitor to Regency England. Please note that this date is one week later than that previously announced on the website.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

11 March 2013

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DILLON STRUWIG has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2013. He is shown above with Bridget Nuttgens (widow of Patrick), who presented the Award on Saturday 9 March.

The winner is a second-year PhD student in the Department of English at the University of York. His research is on the poet, critic and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, focusing on the role of concepts of space, time, and the infinite in the latter’s philosophical and theological prose. Central to this is the study of notebooks, marginalia, and unpublished manuscript fragments. These are important because Coleridge published so little prose work and his marginalia, for example, often constitute short essays written alongside the texts of others. The materials which Dillon Struwig now needs to consult are all in the British Library, London, and the Nuttgens Award will crucially enable him to spend time studying there.

As in previous years the excellence of the applications made the task of selecting a winner extremely difficult for the judging panel. In addition, therefore, to the nomination of an outright winner, a certificate of high commendation, accompanied for the first time by a smaller cash prize, has been awarded. The recipient is Thomas Almeroth-Williams, a third-year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of York. His research project, entitled City of Beasts: The Impact of Quadrupeds in Georgian London, re-assesses life and architecture in Hanoverian London by examining the role played by the city’s animals, in particular horses and livestock.

Patrick Nuttgens (1930–2004), described by the Oxford DNB as an ‘architect, broadcaster and educationist’, was a well-known and warmly remembered figure, both locally and nationally. He was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and first offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

4 February 2013

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 9 March when Professor Tom Williamson will give a talk entitled Beyond Capability Brown: New Ways of Thinking about Georgian Landscapes?

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2013 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period).

14 January 2013

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 2 February with an illustrated talk entitled The Strange Genius of Sir John Soane. This will be given by Tim Knox, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, for the past eight years, but about to take up the directorship of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The talk will follow the Society’s 73rd Annual General Meeting, which will be introduced by the Rt Hon. The Lord Mayor of York (Councillor Keith Hyman), a Vice-President. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

The Society’s latest Annual Report, the front cover of which (illustrated here) features the east front of Nostell Priory, will be circulated to members before the AGM. The Summer Programme for 2013 will be included in the same mailing.

10 December 2012

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues in the new year, on 12 January, when Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ‘Mark ye the floore?’: Grounding the Classical in Beverley and York Minsters.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season's talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

12 November 2012

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 8 December when Dr Hannah Greig will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Fashionables: London’s Beau Monde in the Eighteenth Century.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image credit: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

15 October 2012

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 10 November when Sophie Forgan will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Captain Cook and his Artists: Reporting and Recording Exploration.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

11 September 2012

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 13 October when Rose Kerr will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Chinese Porcelain and Georgian Drinking: Export Porcelain Mugs and Tankards. Shown here is a Chinese porcelain mug of c.1780 made for the English market and painted in polychrome famille rose enamels and gold, with the arms of Cock.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all of this season’s talks, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image credit: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

12 March 2012

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CAROLYN DOUGHERTY has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2012, competing in a very strong field. She is shown above (centre), between Bridget Nuttgens (left), widow of the late Patrick Nuttgens, and Peg Alexander (right), youngest of the Nuttgens sons and daughters. Peg Alexander presented the Award on Saturday 10 March at York St John University.

The Award is named in honour of Patrick Nuttgens, architect, broadcaster and educationist, who died almost exactly eight years ago. A well-known and warmly remembered figure, both locally and nationally, he was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Patrick Nuttgens Award scheme is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

Carolyn Dougherty is a part-time PhD student in History (Railway Studies) at the University of York. She is undertaking research on the operation of the carrying trade in England in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and the way in which independent carriers at first adopted the earliest railways for their own use but were later superseded by the railway companies. Passenger travel has hitherto been the principal concern of railway historians: Carolyn Dougherty’s research is ground-breaking in focusing on rail freight operations in these early days. The Nuttgens Award will enable her to investigate important documentary material in London, at the National Archives and Westminster City Archives, and in Ellesmere Port, at the National Waterways Museum.

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures for 2012–13 is announced: please visit the Lectures page for more information. Members will receive the usual printed programme card in the summer.

20 February 2012

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 10 March when Dr Kerry Bristol will give a talk entitled How to get ahead in Business: James ‘Athenian’ Stuart as Painter and Architect in eighteenth-century London.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2012 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period).

16 January 2012

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 18 February when Professor David Watkin will give a talk entitled 'It will quite eclipse Napoleon': The Prince Regent on seeing John Nash’s Plans for London in 1811. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

NewsThe talk will follow the Society’s 72nd Annual General Meeting, which will be introduced by the Hon. Simon Howard, President. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

Please note that the of date of the Annual General Meeting and Professor Watkin’s lecture on John Nash has been postponed by one week from that originally announced. The new date, Saturday 18 February 2012, will be confirmed by the AGM notification to be circulated to members. This will accompany the Society’s latest Annual Report, the front cover of which (illustrated here) features the gateway to Bishopthorpe Palace beneath a dramatic sky. The Summer Programme, for the first time, will be included in the same mailing.

5 December 2011

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 January when Ian Small will give a talk on the actor and theatre manager Tate Wilkinson (left), entitled Tate Wilkinson’s ‘Monarchy’: The Yorkshire Theatre Circuit 1766–1803. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue at York St John University.

Please note the change of date for the Annual General Meeting and Professor David Watkin’s lecture on John Nash. These have been been postponed to Saturday 18 February 2012, one week later than previously announced. The new date will be confirmed by the AGM notification circulated to members early in 2012. Meanwhile we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Image credit: Ian Small

14 November 2011

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 3 December when Frances Sands will give a talk entitled Nostell Priory: Introducing a Georgian House and a Yorkshire Family. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue at York St John University.

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JAMES LEGARD has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2011. He is shown above (left) with Arlene Leis (right), a further applicant in a very strong field who was highly commended by the judging panel. The Award was presented and the commendation announced by the Hon. Simon Howard, the Society’s President, in the presence of Bridget Nuttgens (above, centre) on Saturday 8 October at York St John University.

The Award is named in honour of the late Patrick Nuttgens, architect, broadcaster and educationist, who died seven years ago (Bridget Nuttgens is his widow). A well known and warmly remembered figure, both locally and nationally, he was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Patrick Nuttgens Award scheme is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

James Legard, a second-year PhD student in the University’s History of Art Department at the time of application, is undertaking ground-breaking research for a thesis on Vanbrugh, Blenheim Palace, and the Meanings of Baroque Architecture. Surprisingly, it will provide the first fully comprehensive and contextualised study of the planning and construction of Blenheim Palace for the 1st Duke of Marlborough. This was one of the most ambitious domestic building projects in early modern Europe, and an outstanding achievement of the elusive and fascinating architectural partnership of Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. Its creation is is also exceptionally well-documented: crucially, the Nuttgens Award has made possible the investigation of a substantial corpus of unpublished primary sources in London, particularly at the British Library and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Arleen Leis was also a second-year PhD student in the History of art Department at the time of application. She is working towards a thesis entitled Sarah Sophia Banks: Femininity, Sociability and the Practice of Collecting in Late Georgian England – investigating Banks’s collection of an astonishing 19,000 examples of printed ephemera in the British Museum. Sarah Sophia Banks’s brother was Sir Joseph Banks, the naturalist and patron of science.

31 October 2011

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 12 November when Philippa Glanville will give a talk on Georgian cutlery entitled ‘Feeding Desire’: Tools of the Table. Admission to this lecture is free to all, whereas there is normally a charge of £5 for non-members. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue at York St John University.

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JAMES LEGARD has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2011. He is shown above (left) with Arlene Leis (right), a further applicant in a very strong field who was highly commended by the judging panel. The Award was presented and the commendation announced by the Hon. Simon Howard, the Society’s President, in the presence of Bridget Nuttgens (above, centre) on Saturday 8 October at York St John University.

The Award is named in honour of the late Patrick Nuttgens, architect, broadcaster and educationist, who died seven years ago (Bridget Nuttgens is his widow). A well known and warmly remembered figure, both locally and nationally, he was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Patrick Nuttgens Award scheme is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

James Legard, a second-year PhD student in the University’s History of Art Department at the time of application, is undertaking ground-breaking research for a thesis on Vanbrugh, Blenheim Palace, and the Meanings of Baroque Architecture. Surprisingly, it will provide the first fully comprehensive and contextualised study of the planning and construction of Blenheim Palace for the 1st Duke of Marlborough. This was one of the most ambitious domestic building projects in early modern Europe, and an outstanding achievement of the elusive and fascinating architectural partnership of Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. Its creation is is also exceptionally well-documented: crucially, the Nuttgens Award has made possible the investigation of a substantial corpus of unpublished primary sources in London, particularly at the British Library and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Arleen Leis was also a second-year PhD student in the History of art Department at the time of application. She is working towards a thesis entitled Sarah Sophia Banks: Femininity, Sociability and the Practice of Collecting in Late Georgian England – investigating Banks’s collection of an astonishing 19,000 examples of printed ephemera in the British Museum. Sarah Sophia Banks’s brother was Sir Joseph Banks, the naturalist and patron of science.

24 August 2011

NewsWE ARE DELIGHTED to announce that the Hon. Simon Howard (left) was elected President of the York Georgian Society at the Annual General Meeting earlier this year. Mr Howard, previously a Vice-President, comments: ‘I was honoured to be asked to be President of the Society, particularly since my father was so involved during his lifetime, and even more delighted to accept! I have already enjoyed being actively involved, and I hope that over the years to come I can continue to contribute to such an august body!’

On a sad note, however, we record the deaths of Lords Harewood and Middleton.  The Earl of Harewood was Patron of the Society from 1971 until he died on 11 July this year at the age of eighty-eight;  he had previously been President from 1965, when he succeeded his mother HRH The Princess Royal. Lord Middleton, who died on 27 May aged ninety, had been a Vice-President for over thirty years, welcoming the Society to his home, Birdsall House, on a good number of occasions during that period.

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 8 October when Anne French will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Grand Tour Journeys from the North of England 1700–1840, focusing on travellers from Northumberland and Durham.

This lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the Patrick Nuttgens Award 2011 (postponed from earlier this year) by the Society’s new President, the Hon. Simon Howard. The Award was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period.

Visit the Lectures page for information about all this season’s talks, including details of the venue. Additionally, an afternoon conference entitled Portraits & Powerhouse: New Perspectives on Georgian Life, organised in collaboration with the History of Art Department, University of York, will take place on Wednesday 26 October: all are welcome.

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16 February 2011

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 19 March when Diana Perowne, guide-lecturer at Soho House, Birmingham, will talk on The Lunar Society of Birmingham.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

This lecture will be preceded by the announcement of the winner of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2011 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period) and a presentation ceremony.

10 January 2011

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 12 February when Dr Martin Postle FSA will give a talk entitled Johan Zoffany: A German Artist in Georgian England. Dr Postle is curator of the forthcoming Zoffany exhibition planned for the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The talk will follow the Society’s seventy-first Annual General Meeting, the proceedings of which will be introduced by the Hon. Simon Howard, Vice-President and President Designate. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

The Society’s latest Annual Report has been published. Its front cover features the Orangery at Sledmere House, the façade of which, attributed to Sir John Soane, was formerly at Fairford Park in Gloucestershire.

7 December 2010

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 8 January when David Paton-Williams will give a talk entitled Katterfelto: Showman, Scientist and Balloonist, or Charlatan, Magician and Quack? Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

The Society’s latest Annual Report has gone to press and and will be distributed to members early in the new year. Its front cover features the Orangery at Sledmere House, the façade of which, attributed to Sir John Soane, was formerly at Fairford Park in Gloucestershire.

15 November 2010

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THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 4 December, when Niels van Manen will give a talk entitled The Abolition of Climbing Boys: Chimney Sweeps’ Apprentices in Georgian Britain. Members will remember the speaker as the first recipient of the Society’s annual Patrick Nuttgens Award which was presented to him, to support his research as a PhD student at the University of York, in February 2009. Having completed and submitted his thesis, he returns to share with us the results of this important research.

Our illustration is a detail from the trade card of Benjamin Watson, ‘Chimney Sweeper and Nightman’, of Woodstock Street, London.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

12 October 2010

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 13 November, when Charlotte Rostek will be talking on Dumfries House and its Furniture Collection. The bookcase illustrated is a highlight of the unrivalled collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale commissioned by the 5th Earl of Dumfries, for whom the house was built in the 1750s. It was to safeguard such contents, threatened by dispersal in 2007, that HRH The Prince of Wales headed a successful campaign to keep Dumfries House and its collections intact – for public benefit and enjoyment.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

Image credit: The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust – Photo: Mike Scott

3 September 2010

THE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 9 October when Crispian Riley-Smith will be giving an illustrated talk entitled From Lely to Lawrence: The Artist as Collector of Drawings.

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Illustrated above is Michelangelo’s famous red-chalk study for the figure of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. This drawing passed through the possession of no fewer than three distinguished artist-collectors of that era – Jonathan Richardson, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Thomas Lawrence – and is now in the British Museum, London.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017) in De Grey Court, York St John University.

24 March 2010

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FRANCES SANDS has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2010. She is shown above with John Richard Moores, one of two further applicants in a very strong field who were highly commended by the judging panel, the other being Caitlin Blackwell. The Award was presented and the commendations announced by Bridget Nuttgens, on Saturday 20 March, at the National Centre for Early Music, York.

The Award is named in honour of the late Patrick Nuttgens, architect, broadcaster and educationist, who died six years ago (Bridget Nuttgens is his widow). A well known and warmly remembered figure, both locally and nationally, he was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society.

The Patrick Nuttgens Award scheme is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.

Frances Sands is a third-year doctoral student in the History of Art Department at the University of York, where she took her BA and MA degrees, the latter with distinction. The subject of her thesis, nearing completion, is ‘Nostell Priory: History of a House, 1730–1900’. Her research will result in a monograph on the house – one of the most important Palladian buildings in the north of England – comprising a construction history and an architectural drawings catalogue. The Nuttgens Award will enable her to study an important group of drawings by Robert Adam at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, a crucial final element in this research, and bring her thesis to completion.

Caitlin Blackwell, a first-year PhD student in the History of Art Department, is working on British graphic art of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. John Richard Moores is a third-year PhD student in the History Department; his research, also nearing completion, is on ‘France and the French as Represented in British Satirical Prints, 1740–1830’.

7 February 2010

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons concludes on 20 March when Mark Newman of the National Trust will talk on ‘The Wonder of the North’: The Designed Landscapes of Studley Royal.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York.

This lecture will be preceded by the announcement of the winner of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2010 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period) and a presentation ceremony.

12 January 2010

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons continues on 6 February, when Dr Stephen Lloyd will be talking about the famous painting of the Rev. Robert Walker skating on Duddingston Loch, attributed to Sir Henry Raeburn, which is a firm favourite in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland. His lecture is entitled Edinburgh’s Skating Minister: A Sporting Picture or a Cultural Icon?

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the venue, the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York.

Dr Lloyd’s talk will be preceded by the seventieth Annual General Meeting. Following the death last year of the Society’s President, Lady Crathorne, the proceedings will be introduced by the Hon. Simon Howard, Vice-President. Non-members attending for the lecture should arrive at about 2.50 pm.

13 December 2009

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues, in the new year, on 9 January 2010, when Dr Alastair Massie will be talking on The British Army of Georgian England. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the National Centre for Early Music, Walmgate, York.

The Society’s latest Annual Report has gone to press and and will shortly be distributed to members. For the first time, the report is being printed throughout in colour. In addition to the usual record of lectures and visits, and reports of the Society’s Historic Buildings Representatives, it includes tributes to the late Lady Crathorne (President), Derek Linstrum and Ellen Wilson, and a report on the Patrick Nuttgens Award.


19 November 2009

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues on 12 December, when Dr Katherine Webb will be talking about the history of the York Georgian Society from its foundation in 1939 to the death of its first Chairman, Oliver Sheldon, in 1951. Her talk, which marks the Society’s seventieth anniversary, is entitled Early Years of the York Georgian Society: Preservation, Education, Betterment and Design.

The illustration alongside shows Oliver Sheldon addressing members on a visit to Ebberston Hall in 1947; the figure leaning out of the window is the architect J.S. Syme.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the National Centre for Early Music, York.

25 October 2009

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 November, when Professor Graham Parry will be talking on Sydney Smith: Regency Radical, Reformer and Wit. The Reverend Sydney Smith (1771-1845), pictured alongside, was rector of the parish of Foston-le-Clay, twelve miles from York, from 1809 to 1829, and for the first five years of his curacy lived at Heslington.

Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue, the National Centre for Early Music, York.

5 October 2009

NewsWith deep regret, we record the death of the Society’s President, Lady Crathorne, on 24 September 2009, after a long and brave fight against cancer. Sylvia Crathorne was President for five years. During that time, despite the obstacles of ill health, she made a great impression on both the work of the Society and its members, by whom she will be warmly remembered. The photograph alongside shows her cutting a celebration cake on the occasion of the Society’s seventieth-anniversary evening at Castle Howard, just six weeks before her death. There will be a memorial service in York Minster on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 2pm, to which all are welcomed.

The Society’s programme of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 10 October, when Susan Kellerman will be talking on the intriguing subject of Georgian bath houses. Visit the Lectures page for more information, including details of the new venue.

20 August 2009

On Thursday 13 August members celebrated the seventieth anniversary of the York Georgian Society’s foundation in 1939 with a guided walk in the designed landscape of Castle Howard. This magnificent house, its subsidary buildings and landscape are of supreme importance in the history of Georgian architecture and visual culture. In addition, however, there are strong links between Castle Howard and the York Georgian Society because the late Lord Howard was the latter’s Chairman for twenty years and its President for thirteen.

NewsOn a perfect summer’s evening, members were welcomed by Mr Simon Howard, a Vice-President of the Society. With expert guidance from Dr Chris Ridgway, Curator at Castle Howard, they then set off on a walk to the Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum, two outstanding architectural features in the landscape. Members returned to the Temple of the Four Winds, where they were addressed by the President, Lady Crathorne. The late Lord Howard and the Society were toasted with sparkling wine, and the President cut a celebration cake. Lord Crathorne was also present, as a member of the Society and President of the London-based Georgian Group.

18 March 2009

NewsNIELS VAN MANEN has won the York Georgian Society’s first Patrick Nuttgens Award. It was presented to him on Saturday 14 March 2009 by Bridget Nuttgens in the Tempest Anderson Hall, at the Yorkshire Museum, York.

The Award is named in honour of the late Patrick Nuttgens, architect, broadcaster and educationist, who died five years ago (Bridget Nuttgens is his widow). A well known and warmly remembered figure both locally and nationally, he was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society.

The Patrick Nuttgens Award scheme is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the York Georgian Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student, in the second or third year of research at the University, studying an aspect of the Georgian period.

Niels van Manen, winner of the Award for 2009, took his first degree at the University of Amsterdam. He subsequently gained an MA, with distinction, at the University of York, where he is a now a third-year PhD student in the History Department. The Nuttgens Award will further his research into the social and medical history of chimney sweeps, especially those known as ‘climbing boys’, in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Britain.

16 February 2009

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons concludes on 14 March when Dr Patrick Eyres will talk on The Creation and Restoration of the Georgian Landscape Garden at Wentworth Castle. Visit the Lectures page for more information.

This lecture will be preceded by the announcement of the winner of the Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award 2009 (which was open to PhD students at the University of York researching aspects of the Georgian period) and a presentation ceremony.

The above will take place in the Tempest Anderson Hall at the Yorkshire Museum, York, as announced. Please note, however, that the venue for the next season of lectures, running from October 2009 to March 2010, will be the National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York. This change is necessitated by the forthcoming refurbishment of the Yorkshire Museum, during which the Tempest Anderson Hall will be out of commission.

11 January 2009

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues on 14 February when Dr George Sheeran will talk on The Growth of Resort Towns in Yorkshire. Visit the Lectures page for more information.

The above lecture and that on 14 March, the last in the current programme, will take place in the Tempest Anderson Hall at the Yorkshire Museum, York, as announced. Please note, however, that the venue for the next season of lectures, running from October 2009 to March 2010, will be the National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York. This change is necessitated by the forthcoming refurbishment of the Yorkshire Museum, during which the Tempest Anderson Hall will be out of commission.

Uncle John Carr, the Society’s millennium publication, is currently available at a special price of £3.99. Visit the Publications page for more information.

7 December 2008

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues in the new year when, on 10 January, Dr Frank Salmon will give a talk entitled  From York to Westminster: The Dilemma of Palladian Public Architecture. Visit the Lectures page for more information.

At the Society’s Annual General Meeting on 6 December a new constitution was adopted by majority vote. This much-needed, revised and expanded constitution does not fundamentally change the Society’s purposes or affect the expectations of members, but it puts our activities on a firmer legal footing and removes certain ambiguities with regard to our procedures. Crucially, it widens the scope of our research interests, as and when appropriate, beyond the confines of ‘York and its neighbourhood’. Click here to read the new Constitution.

Uncle John Carr, the Society’s millennium publication, is currently available at a special price of £3.99. Visit the Publications page for more information.

9 November 2008

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues on 6 December, when Hugh Belsey will be talking on Gainsborough and Yorkshire. Visit the Lectures page for more information.

The December lecture will follow the Annual General Meeting (starting at 2.30 pm), at which a new constitution will be presented to members for adoption. This much-needed, revised constitution, approved by the Charity Commission, does not fundamentally change the Society’s purposes or affect the expectations of members, but it puts our activities on a firmer legal footing and removes certain ambiguities with regard to our procedures. Crucially, it widens the scope of our research interests, as and when appropriate, beyond the confines of ‘York and its neighbourhood’. Click here to read the draft Constitution.

NewsThe Society’s new-look Annual Report, with full-cover colour, has been published and will shortly reach members. The re-design of the report forms part of a review of all our publicity and printed materials, intended to refresh and enhance the Society’s image in the now not-so-young twenty-first century.

Uncle John Carr, the Society’s millennium publication, is now available at a special price of £3.99. Visit the Publications page for more information.


12 October 2008

NewsTHE SOCIETY’S PROGRAMME OF WINTER LECTURES on Saturday afternoons continues on 8 November, when James Lomax will be talking about Chinoiserie silver in England from 1660 to 1830. Visit the Lectures page for more information.

A much-needed new constitution has been drafted. Approved by the Charity Commission, it will be presented to members for adoption at the Annual General Meeting on 6 December. The revised constitution does not fundamentally change the Society’s purposes or affect the expectations of members, but it puts our activities on a firmer legal footing and removes certain ambiguities with regard to our procedures. Crucially, it widens the scope of our research interests, as and when appropriate, beyond the confines of ‘York and its neighbourhood’. Click here to read the draft Constitution.

Uncle John Carr, the Society’s millennium publication, is now available at a special price of £3.99. Visit the Publications page for more information.


22 August 2008

NewsThe launch of this website is a milestone in the history of the York Georgian Society. It forms part of a review of all our publicity and printed materials, intended to refresh and enhance the Society’s image in the twenty-first century. Our familiar logo (left) has not been discarded, like the proverbial baby with the bath-water, but has been carefully re-drawn: it now shows the York Mansion House in its correct proportions. A new-look  Annual Report will be published in November.

The Society’s programme of winter lectures on Saturday afternoons opens on 11 October, when Dr Christopher Ridgway will be talking about sculpture and monuments in the gardens at Castle Howard. Visit the Lectures page for more information.

Uncle John Carr, the Society’s millennium publication, is now available at a special price of £3.99. Visit the Publications page for more information.