Houghton Hall Summer Lecture: "William Kent: Designing for the Grand Tour Taste"

Houghton Hall Summer Lecture: "William Kent: Designing for the Grand Tour Taste"
Stone Hall at Houghton Hall Photo by James Merrell

William Kent (1685–1748), the designer of Houghton Hall, led the world of art and design in Britain in the early-to-mid-18th century, much to the frustration of rival artists. Why was he so influential and controversial in creating a new style for the Georgian age? Learn more about Kent's accomplishments — in painting, book illustration, interiors for great houses, furniture, sculpture, silver, architecture, costume and even designing a royal barge — and explore the ambitions of the era that shaped his success.

A reception to meet the speaker follows the lecture presented by Julius Bryant, keeper of word and image, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Guests may also enjoy the exhibition Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House until 8 p.m. and join in a Your Turn to Speak Tour.

Event Details

When

8.1.14 | 6:00 pm

Where

1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

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Ticket Info

$20 general admission; $5 MFAH members.