Thursday 10th May 2018

Speaker: Stephen Richardson


This talk considers fashionable living in the time of Charles II, through the Baroque splendour of the later Stuart court to the Palladian grandeur and frivolous Rococo of the early Hanoverian kings. Illustrated with examples of historic buildings and museum objects, it sets period style in context, charting the evolution from one style to another and identifying key characteristics, influences and personalities.


An art historian with a particular interest in the art and architecture of the Georgian period. Holds a Masters Degree in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from UCL and has published a number of articles on country house visiting, which is a favourite pastime. Has lectured extensively for organisations such as WI, U3A, WEA, Probus and The National Trust, and has experience as a cruise lecturer. In 2016 he undertook a lecture tour of Australia for ADFAS. He is a guide at both the Royal Academy of Arts and at the V&A, where he describes himself as a ‘creature’ of the British Galleries.