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I am delighted to announce that Lund Humphries published The Ingenious Mr Flitcroft: Palladian Architect 1697-1769, on Nov 13th 2023.
He is best known - even nicknamed as Burlington Harry - for his work with his patron Lord Burlington and at St Giles-in-the-Fields, Wentworth Woodhouse and above all at Stourhead.
However, he worked over many decades for several families, including the Montagus and Hoares. This is the first survey of his long and wide-ranging career, with a subststanial amount of new material.
A group of architectural historians and other specialists met at Hoares Bank to discuss Flitcroft's life and works. A powerpoint presentation was created for this event, available from the Georgian Group, which featured Flitcroft as a research topic. Link to Georgian Group (www)
The Georgian Group has kindly promoted my research for the book via their website. I am giving a lecture there on Tuesday 5 December between 6.30 and 7.30 pm at 6, Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX.
I will outline the architect’s life, through a focus on a few key elements – his origins, relations with fellow architects, his own house in Hampstead, and many new discoveries. Images will include those that were not possible to appear in the book.
Flitcroft is now revealed as so much more than ‘Burlington Harry’
and the talk will include the sad fate of his son, the inheritance case that lasted until the 1860s,
and the surprising links between Flitcroft, G.E. Street and the Smithsons.
Tickets are £18 or £15 for Georgian Group members.
Link to Georgian Group lecture (www)
Henry Flitcroft has been chosen as the subject of the inaugural lecture for the St. Giles Society,
appropriately as, at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, ‘Flitcroft singlehandedly reinvented the
Palladian church for Georgian times.’ I am pleased to have been asked to give the lecture on
Wednesday 15 November 2023.
Link to St Giles in-the-Fields church (www)
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