Cocktail Reception for the British Consul-General

The Hon. Dave Prodger, British Consul-General to Miami, was the guest of honor at a reception hosted by William Eubanks and Ben Stein at their historic El Cid home. Guests mingled amongst beautiful art and enjoyed conversation with Britain’s top diplomat in Florida, while also learning more about American Friends of British Art and the Ambassador’s Circle events being hosted in the coming season.

Dr. Michael Ridgdill & Katherine Lande

Dr. Michael Ridgdill & Katherine Lande

Sonja & Mark Stevens

Sonja & Mark Stevens

Dr. Michael Ridgdill, Hon. Dave Prodger, William Eubanks & Ben Stein

Dr. Michael Ridgdill, Hon. Dave Prodger, William Eubanks & Ben Stein

Bill Bone &

Bill Bone &

Dusty & John Dodge

Dusty & John Dodge

Kate Waterhouse & Krystian von Speidel

Kate Waterhouse & Krystian von Speidel

Cocktail Reception for The Duchess of Rutland

Findlay Galleries on Worth Avenue generously hosted a cocktail reception in their stunning gallery to honor Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland, and to celebrate American Friends of British Art. This special event began with a warm welcome by the gallery’s owner, James Borynack. Attendees learned about the upcoming Country House & Garden Tour organized by American Friends of British Art, which will include a stay at Belvoir Castle with the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

Jennifer & Matt Hall

Jennifer & Matt Hall

Geoffrey Bradfield & Guest

Geoffrey Bradfield & Guest

Dr. Michael Ridgdill & The Duchess of Rutland

Dr. Michael Ridgdill & The Duchess of Rutland

Jasmine Horowitz & Alexis Mersentes

Jasmine Horowitz & Alexis Mersentes

Shanna & Daniel Kahan

Shanna & Daniel Kahan

James Borynack & The Duchess of Rutland

James Borynack & The Duchess of Rutland

William Eubanks, Jennifer Garrigues & Ben Stein

William Eubanks, Jennifer Garrigues & Ben Stein

 

 

 

2017 Lecture & Luncheon

The 6th Annual Lecture & Luncheon for American Friends of British Art was held on January 14, 2017 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The guest speaker was the Marchioness Townshend, who presented “One Room at Raynham”. Lady Townshend’s fascinating talk highlighted the transition that she and her husband, the Marquis Townshend, have experienced upon moving into their 17th century ancestral home, Raynham Hall. Particular focus was given to the house’s extensive art collection.  The Hon. Dave Prodger, British Consul-General to Miami, also addressed attendees and welcomed them to the event.

 

First Republic Bank was the Presenting Sponsor for the event, along with additional sponsorship by Findlay Galleries, Smith and Moore Architects, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Ben Stein of Brown Harris Stevens, Jennifer Garrigues Interiors, Paris Ceramics, Katherine Shenaman Interiors, and The Parker Gallery (UK).

James & Gaye Engel

James & Gaye Engel

Paul Bowden & Ryan McNally

Paul Bowden & Ryan McNally

Robin Dial, Linda Collier & Terry Collier

Robin Dial, Linda Collier & Terry Collier

Anne Fairfax & Richard Sammons

Anne Fairfax & Richard Sammons

Lady Townshend & Dr. Michael Ridgdill

Lady Townshend & Dr. Michael Ridgdill

Ben Stein, Jennifer Garrigues & William Eubanks

Ben Stein, Jennifer Garrigues & William Eubanks

Therese Mersentes, Molly Stringer & Kristen Fisher

Therese Mersentes, Molly Stringer & Kristen Fisher

Juan Pretel, James Borynack & Adolfo Zaralegui

Juan Pretel, James Borynack & Adolfo Zaralegui

 

 

2016 English Country House Tour

In June 2016, members of our Ambassador’s Circle participated in a spectacular tour of historic and notable sites in London and Norfolk. The tour began with a private tour of Windsor Castle, with privileged access to Her Majesty’s private library, which included a viewing of the famous Leonardo DaVinci anatomical folio acquired by King Charles I. The tour was guided by Mr. Oliver Everett CVO, who is  Librarian Emeritus for Windsor Castle and former Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales. Returning to London, participants received a private tour of the Society of Antiquaries of London, located at Burlington House, led by Mr. Dominic Wallace. That evening, a buffet dinner party was hosted by fellow Ambassador’s Circle members Mr. Jason Arbuckle and Mr. Mark Arena at their historic London residence overlooking Hyde Park.

The following day participants ventured north of London to the county of Norfolk, where we received a private tour of Houghton Hall, the early 17thC country house built by England’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole, and now the seat of the Marquess Cholmondeley. Celebrated not only for its spectacular architecture, the estate boasts award-winning gardens as well. That evening, we were hosted by architectural historian, author and Cambridge professor emeritus, Prof. David Watkin, at his stunning 16thC merchant’s house in old King’s Lynn and received a guided tour through the oldest parts of King’s Lynn. Our next stop on the tour was a visit to Sandringham House, the private residence of Her Majesty the Queen, which included a leisurely stroll through the gardens and surrounding parkland. The final stop on our tour was to enjoy being the personal guests of the Marquess and Marchioness Townshend at Raynham Hall. In addition to receiving a guided tour of this important early 16thC house by Lord Townshend himself, guests enjoyed a harpsichord and mandolin recital in the stunning Marble Hall, followed by dinner in the State Dining Room.

(Photos © Michael Ridgdill)

2016 Lecture & Luncheon

Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland was the guest speaker at our 5th annual Lecture & Luncheon that took place in Palm Beach on February 6, 2016. The topic of her lecture was “Belvoir Castle: At Home with a Noble Family” and emphasized the relationship between Belvoir and celebrated landscape designer Capability Brown. The event concluded with a book signing of Her Grace’s book, “Capability Brown & Belvoir: Discovering a Lost Landscape.” Among the notable attendees were HRH Princess Maria Pia de Bourbon-Parme, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, and British Consul-General to Miami the Hon. Dave Prodger.

First Republic Bank was the Presenting Sponsor for the event, with additional sponsors Terry and Linda Collier, Smith and Moore Architects, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, Wally Findlay Galleries, The Fine Arts Conservancy, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Ben Stein of Brown Harris Stevens, Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design, Livingston Builders, Paris Ceramics, and Katherine Shenaman Interiors. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show were also supporters.

(Capehart Photography)

Lecture by the Duchess of Rutland

The next Lecture & Luncheon of the American Friends of British Art is to take place on Saturday 6th February 2016 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The guest speaker will be Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland, who will give a visual presentation about her home, Belvoir Castle, its history and collection, and the involvement of Capability Brown in landscaping the surrounding parkland. For me information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please call 561.687.3394. Availability is extremely limited and this event will sell out quickly.

THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.

2015 Lecture & Luncheon

Titian-biographer and art historian Lady Sheila Hale was the guest speaker at the 4th annual Lecture & Luncheon on January 24, 2015 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Lady Hale presented “Charles I of England and His Collection of Italian Paintings.” The presentation focused on how the monarch collected great paintings from Italy and Spain, and how his passion for art grew into what is now the Royal Collection. Among the notable attendees were the British Consul-General to Miami, the Honorable Dave Prodger, also in attendance was the eldest daughter of the late King Umberto II of Italy, HRH Princess Maria Pia of Savoy.

Event sponsors included Smith and Moore Architects, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Jennifer Garrigues Interiors, Paris Ceramics, Livingston Builders, Ben Stein of Brown Harris Stevens, The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

(Photography by Capehart Studios).

2015 Lecture & Tea

Katherine Shenaman Interiors hosted a Tea Party & Lecture for the Ambassador’s Circle of the American Friends of British Art on March 6, 2015 at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach. The guest speaker was art historian, author and dealer William Secord, who presented “Of Castles & Kennels: The English Passion for Dog Portraits.” His presentation focused on the canine in portrait and painting over the centuries, with a primary focus on dog portraits commissioned in or for connoisseurs in the British Isles. Gift bags were provided by Pioneer Linens of West Palm Beach.

(Photography by Nicholas Mele).

2014 Lecture & Luncheon

International style icon Nicky Haslam filled the room at the annual Lecture & Luncheon for the American Friends of British Art on February 1, 2014 at the Colony Hotel.  Based on his recently published book “Folly de Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House”, Haslam entertained the audience with a presentation about his restoration of a stunning English hunting lodge.

Sponsors for the event included Smith and Moore Architects, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, Livingston Builders, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design, Paris Ceramics, with additional support by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, and The Stalk Market.

 

(Photos by Capehart Photography)

2015 Lecture & Luncheon Announced

The 4th annual Lecture & Luncheon of the American Friends of British Art will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Our guest speaker will be Lady Sheila Hale, who will provide a lecture and visual presentation “Charles I of England and His Art Collection”.

Lady Hale’s presentation will conclude with a book signing of her highly acclaimed biography, “Titian: His Life.”  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, email us at: Info@americanfriendsofbritishart.com