On 18th July we welcome Stephen Calloway for his talk ‘Inside – Outside; the Architectural Interior’.
Ranging widely in time and location Stephen will consider the long and varied use of ‘outside’ architectural motifs in interiors ranging from the magnificent to the mad. Architects, designers and decorators have long seen the repertoire of architectural forms as a rich source of inspiration for the creation of impressive, imaginative or simply amusing interiors. Treating past eras and exotic styles as a sort of dressing-up box of ideas, designers have purloined both familiar and wildly unexpected details, combining them with startling originality. Classicists, those working in revival styles from Gothic to Egyptian and Chinoiserie, and even Modernists have all played this game, creating rooms that employ architectural knowledge and a sense of history with wit and panache.
Stephen Calloway is a curator of paintings at the Victorian and Albert Museum in London where he is an expert on 19th century art and has made a particular study of the decadent and dandy culture of the fin de siècle. In 1993 he staged the V&A’s exhibition of the 1890s, ‘High Art and Low Life’, and curated the ‘Aubrey Beardsley Centenary Show’ in Tokyo and London in 1998. He writes on the history of taste and lectures widely in England and America. He also worked, in his role as a consultant on period style and manners, with Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich on Jane Campion’s film of Henry James’ novel ‘The Portrait of a Lady’.
The evening will start with a glass of wine at 6:30pm, followed by the talk at 7pm. Tickets available fromwww.historicdecoration.com
If you would like book a table for dinner afterwards in our restaurant, we suggest you make a booking for 8.30 onwards and book at www.brunswickhouse.london or on 020 7720 2926