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Architectural History with Harry Mount

Courses | May 2018

Do you know your Doric from your Ionic? Your Decorated from your Perpendicular?

Now you will, after ten easygoing yet authoritative lessons from The Oldie’s editor, Harry Mount, author of A Lust for Window Sills – a Guide to British Buildings. Britain’s country houses and high streets will come alive, as you learn the enthralling history of our buildings, from simple Anglo-Saxon churches, via Norman cathedrals, to the glorious stone poetry of the Gothic. 

After a delightful immersion in Classicism, the course takes you through the Gothic Revival, on into Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and finishes with the Second World War.

The venue is the Rugby Room of the East India Club – itself a splendid Palladian palazzo in the heart of one of London’s earliest garden squares. Between the two one-hour talks, we will serve an excellent finger-buffet lunch with wine.

Session I, 17th April 

The Classical orders of architecture: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite, Tuscan.

Anglo-Saxon architecture, 800-1066.

Session II, 24th April

Norman architecture, 1066-1150.

Early English Gothic, 1150-1250; Decorated Gothic, 1250-1350; Perpendicular Gothic, 1350-1530.

Session III, 1st May 

Elizabethan Treasure Houses, Inigo Jones and the dawn of the Classical age, 1600-1650. 

Christopher Wren, British Classicism and the baroque, 1650-1715.

Session IV, 8th May 

Palladianism, Neo-Classicism, the Greek Revival and the Renaissance Revival, 1715-1830.

The Gothic Revival, 1834-1870.

Session V, 15th May 

The glorious freedom of late-19th-century Britain, 1870-1900; Edwardian magnificence, 1901-1920; Art Nouveau, Art Deco 

Modernism and the death throes of Classicism, 1920-1939.


12 noon-1pm – First talk

1pm-2pm – Lunch

2pm-3pm – Second talk


HOW TO BOOK: Price per person: £395 (inc VAT) for ten talks and five lunches. Do book with Katherine to guarantee a place on Her number is 01225 427311. Strictly limited to 40 places.

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