Baroque Drama: Castle Howard

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 11:13am -- lwhite

We hope you will join us for a noteworthy historical lecture series, "The Great English House," featuring four talks by architectural historian John Tschirch. The series visits four remarkable homes famed for their design, collections, and the legends of their owners. Each is a time capsule of a period in English history and each appears in the design books in the archives of the Redwood Library. 

The second talk, "Baroque Drama: Castle Howard" takes place on Wednesday, August 31, at 6:00 pm. High Baroque found a home in the Howardian Hills of Yorkshire when the Earl of Carlise commissioned a theater designer, Sir John Vanbrugh, to design a grand residence fitting for a family on the rise. One of the earliest Baroque houses in England, with one of the earliest picturesque landscapes, Castle Howard often feels like an Italian opera set that lost its way and floated to the moody meadows of Britain.

John Tschirch is an award winning architectural historian who has taught and lectured on the architectural and social evolution of English country houses and gardens. He attended the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the English Country House and Royal Collections Studies at Windsor Castle. John has lectured for Yale University’s Mellon Center seminar at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire and at the 2013 Summit on Country Houses in 2013 in London. He will be sharing his insights and his photography of English heritage sites during his lecture series for the Redwood Library and Athenaeum. 


A wine and cheese reception will be held before each lecture at 5:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $75 for a series pass. Tickets may be purchased Here or by calling 401-847-0292, ext. 115. 


Click Here to see the complete series listing.


This series is generously sponsored by Freeman's, America's oldest auction house. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 6:00pm