Report on The Chippendale Society and Leeds Art Collection Fund Visit to Irish Houses and Collections 4th – 12th September 2016 (Part 2)

Russborough, Blessington (the Alfred Beit Foundation)   Francis Watson, ‘The Collections of Air Alfred Beit’, Connoisseur, May and June 1960; John Cornforth, ‘Russborough, Co. Wicklow 1, II, III’, Country Life 5, 12, 19 Dec 1963; Sean O’ Reilly, Irish Houses and Gardens (1998);Timothy Mowl and Brian Earnshaw, An Insular Rococo (1999), pp. 235-239; John Goodall, ‘Palladian Grandeur in an Irish … Read more…

Report on The Chippendale Society and Leeds Art Collection Fund Visit to Irish Houses and Collections 4th – 12th September 2016 (Part 1)

In September 2016, The Chippendale Society in conjunction with the Leeds Art Collection Fund held a study-visit on Irish Houses and Collections. James Lomax looks back at the Irish visit and details some of the many highlights: Carton House Country Life, 7 & 14 Nov 1936; Stella Tillyard, Aristocrats (1995), passim; Sean O’Reilly, Irish Country Houses and Gardens (1998); John … Read more…

Society Visit to Lyme Park

Visit to Lyme Park 10th May 2016 Our arrival at this palace on the edge of the Pennines took place in driving rain but this did not dampen our enthusiasm for enjoying its treasures. Having been given to the National Trust by the 3rd Lord Newton in 1946 the house stood almost empty and bereft of its soul until its … Read more…

Chippendale Society Visit to Rokeby Park

In the afternoon we proceeded to Rokeby, a quintessential neo-Palladian house built by an amateur architect for himself.  In order to understand the arrangement of the house we gathered in front of the south façade where Sally Davies, the current administrator of the house, introduced the physical architecture and the personalities, Sir Thomas Robinson, J. S Morritt and his son … Read more…

Three Day Visit to Oxfordshire and Warwickshire

Our three day visit to Warwickshire and Oxfordshire was organised by Tony Mills and James Lomax and was based at the comfortable Charingworth Manor Hotel near Chipping Campden. Ragley has a long history of alternating activity and atrophy. The Robert Hooke house of the 1680s was never completed as planned, was continued by the elderly James Gibbs in the 1750s … Read more…