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Next Lecture Meeting | Tuesday 02 February 2021 | English furniture of the Georgian Age: 1715-1800    Ms Barbara Peacock MA FRSA 

In the Georgian period there was a constant desire for change and novelty and thus styles in furniture design succeeded each other rapidly. This lecture will discuss the main stylistic changes in the 18th century. We will show how the restrained and elegant lines of the Queen Anne style gave way to the richer, more elaborately carved furniture of the early Georgian period. In the 1750s, furniture is increasingly influenced by French rococo fashions, which are popularised in Chippendale’s pattern book The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director (1754). This had a wide influence on provincial furniture makers. We shall discuss the characteristics of the Rococo style and look at the work of other eminent cabinet-makers of this period. The Rococo style had two offshoots - Chinoiserie and Gothick. Both these styles affected furniture and resulted in some delightful and whimsical pieces. In the late 1760s Robert Adam sought a new refined classical style, suitable for the elegant classical interiors that he was creating. His ideas had enormous influence on designers like Hepplewhite and Sheraton, who designed furniture for the middle class market.

Barbara Peacock is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with 35 years' lecturing experience. She organises art and architectural tours in the UK and abroad. She was previously a lecturer for Birmingham University Department of Extra-Mural studies and Tutor in Fine Art, Dept of Continuing Education, Southampton University; Assistant Keeper of Fine Art, Birmingham City Art Gallery. She is a freelance lecturer throughout Britain and abroad for the National Trust and numerous other organisations. She is much involved in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the Czech land and has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Czech government and the Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.