Georgian England: From Country House to City Mansion
The 18th-century English country house seemed to be the epitome of elegance. Behind impressive facades, noble owners commissioned rooms that were exquisitely designed in the then-latest taste. Many of these owners also spent time in city mansions, which were equally elegant. This course traces a path throughout England—from country houses (many now restored) to surviving city mansions in London, Bath, and York—to reveal how lifestyles and tastes changed over the century. Learn about Lord Burlington, who designed a vast Palladian house, Holkham Hall, in Norfolk and resided in Chiswick, a weekend retreat near London. Study how architect Robert Adam designed prominent London mansions and created the fabled interiors of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Also, learn about London’s Spencer House and No. 4 St James’s Square, which later became Lady Astor’s residence.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of Georgian architecture
- Enhanced cultural literacy
- Anyone interested in British history
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between