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

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.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


$20 general admission; $5 MFAH members.
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