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03 June 2019LONDON'S COUNTRY HOUSES
13 May 2019CARAVAGGIO AND HIS MODELS
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14 May 2018HOW TO 'READ' THE ENGLISH COUNTRY CHURCH
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05 March 2018VERMEER'S SHADOW: HAN VAN MEERGEREN
05 February 2018MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED BOOK OF HOURS
04 December 2017CHRISTMAS AT COVENT GARDEN
06 November 2017ERIC RAVILIOUS AND THE LURE OF EVERYDAY ART
02 October 2017SIGNS AND SYMBOLS IN ART
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08 May 2017MAKING SENSE OF MODERN ART
03 April 2017THE EMPRESS JOSEPHINE & THE ARTISTS OF HER TIME
06 March 2017THE ISLAMIC GARDEN: THE ARCHITECTURE, PAINTING & POETRY OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD
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05 December 2016KNIGHTS IN HEAVEN, WARRIORS, ANGELS AND SAINTS IN MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE ART
12 November 2016JACKSON POLLOCK - AMERICAN MASTER
07 November 2016IS IT WORTH IT: FAKES & FORGERIES, FASHION IN THE ART MARKET?
03 October 2016THE GREAT IMPRESARIO: GIORGIO VASARI
04 July 2016MURDER, SEX & MAYHEM IN ENGLISH CHURCHES
06 June 2016VENICE IN 18th CENTURY LONDON
09 May 2016ART AT THE LANSDOWNE CLUB
04 April 2016THE ART OF ENAMELLING
07 March 2016THE SCANDALOUS LIFE OF LADY JANE DIGBY
01 February 2016UNDERSTANDING THE GARDENS & PLANTS PORTRAYED IN THE FITZWILLIAM COLLECTION
07 December 2015THE CHRISTMAS STORY THROUGH PAINTINGS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY
02 November 2015 JEWELS THAT CATCH AN EXPERT'S EYE
05 October 2015THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF PAINTINGS
06 July 2015'A POT OF PAINT IN THE PUBLIC FACE' and AGM
01 June 2015FROM VENEERING TO MARQUETRY
11 May 2015THE ART OF SEDUCTION
13 April 2015DIAGHILEV & THE BALLET RUSSES
02 March 2015SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
02 February 2015GEORGE WICKES
01 December 2014'NO ORDINARY CHRISTMAS'
03 November 2014PORCELAIN : CHELSEA & BOW
06 October 2014THE MAKING OF ASSISI
07 July 2014AGM followed by THE HISTORY OF THE HARP
02 June 2014TRAVELS IN RAJESTHAN WITH RUDYARD KIPLING
12 May 2014THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NELL GWYN
07 April 2014PAPER, STONE AND FLESH
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02 December 2013WONDER WORKERS AND THE ART OF THE ILLUSION
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08 April 2013Decadence and Dreams- Jewellery from around 1900
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LONDON'S COUNTRY HOUSES Caroline Knight Monday 03 June 2019

Caroline Knight

 

From the late 15th century up until 1900, many of the prosperous upper and middle classes of London built much-loved second homes in the suburbs, some on riverside sites, others on high ground with extensive views. Though the owners often had country estates too, the pressure of city life led them more frequently to their suburban country house, its relatively smaller size being easier to manage, and where gardens and outdoor pursuits could be enjoyed without the owners losing contact with business and society. Moreover, the London country houses offered an opportunity to display wealth to their friends and other acquaintances