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The Drawing Room: English Country House DecorationRegister Now!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014; 6:00 pm Lecture; 7:00 pm Reception and Book Signing

The ICAA is pleased to present The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration in partnership with the Royal Oak. The drawing room, a formal place where family and honored guests could retire from the more public arena, is one of the most important rooms in historic English country houses. Throughout history it has been a place for a family to display their status through design, decoration, artworks, and collections. The drawing room is the center of social life in the English countryside and the epitome of English country house decoration. In his talk, architectural historian Jeremy Musson will give a lively tour of some of the finest drawing rooms in spectacular houses that include Althorp, Attingham, and Knepp Castle. Mr. Musson’s illustrated lecture will feature the interiors from the 16th century to the present day, including the work of 20th century design legends such as David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, and David Mlinaric. He also will show the details of furniture, architectural elements, decorative arts, and textiles, and explain how the contents and decoration of these private spaces expressed the taste, ambitions, pleasures, and dreams of the landowners for whom they were created.

Jeremy Musson was awarded an M Phil in Renaissance History at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is an architectural historian and served as Architectural Editor of Country Life from 1998-2007. Before joining Country Life in 1995, Mr. Musson was an assistant regional curator for the National Trust in East Anglia and has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Chatsworth to South Wraxall Manor. He also presented 14 programs in two popular TV series on BBC2 called “The Curious House Guest.” A regular lecturer in the UK and the USA, Mr. Musson also works as a historic buildings consultant whose clients include the National Trust and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He serves as a trustee of the Stowe House Preservation Trust and the Country Houses Foundation, and sits on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Ely Cathedral. Among his many books are English Country House Interiors (2011), The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh (2008), and How to Read a Country House (2007). Mr. Musson’s latest book, illustrated with new photography by leading architectural photographer, Paul Barker, is The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration, (Rizzoli 2014).

Location: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY. Registration is required.

Cost/Continuing Education Hours: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA. Reservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation. Visit the Royal Oak Foundation website to reserve, or call (800) 913-6565, ext. 201. The co-sponsor code for the lecture is: 14FICAANY.