Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 6pm BST/1pm EST
‘A Virtual Tour of Frederic Church’s OLANA: Master Work of American Landscape and Design’

Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership, will utilize new 3D imaging technology to lead a virtual tour of Frederic Church’s Olana, the master work of America’s most acclaimed landscape artist of the 19th century. A National Historic Landmark, Olana overlooks the Hudson Valley and is the most intact artist’s environment in the United States. Its rich collection of fine and decorative arts reflects the global reach of Church’s vision and his extensive travels in America, Europe and the Middle East, which so strongly influenced his creation.


– THE ATTINGHAM ANNUAL LECTURE in celebration of 300 years of Grinling Gibbons –
Grinling Gibbons in the Country House and Royal Palace

Wednesday 16th June 2021 at 6pm BST.

Ada de Wit, Curator of Works of Art and Sculpture at the Wallace Collection, London will look at Grinling Gibbons, one of the greatest artists of the English Baroque. Born in Rotterdam to English parents, he moved to England in 1667 and went on to have a spectacular career as a woodcarver and a sculptor, largely owing to his unprecedented talent and entrepreneurial skills. He is credited with introducing realistic carving in lime to England and he championed the exuberant style that can be admired in some of England’s most iconic buildings, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle.
August 2021 marks the tercentenary of Gibbons’s death, which provides the opportunity to review his work and legacy. This lecture will focus on his work in country houses and royal palaces. It will also explain some popular misconceptions about him in light of new scholarship.


Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 6pm BST
Pompeii and all that: Reimagining Ancient Worlds

David Adshead, Co-Director of the Attingham Summer School and Director of the London House Course, will look at the cultural impact of the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii.  News of the excavation of these ancient Neopolitan cities sent an electric shock of excitement across Europe and beyond and served as a stimulus to the nascent Neoclassical movement.  Grand Tourists, artists and architects flocked to see the statuary, wall paintings and other artefacts that emerged unscathed from their volcanic overburden.  Illustrated publications followed.  These cities also caught the attention of philhellenes at a time before travel to Greece and, modern day, Turkey was common, for they had been Greek colonies before they were Roman.  The discovery at Pompeii of a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, decades before Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, also triggered a fascination in all things Egyptian.  Aspects of collecting, design and decoration were all directly or indirectly influenced as a result.