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

 

2014 Lecture & Luncheon announced!

American Friends of British Art’s 3rd Annual Lecture & Luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The guest speaker this year will be international style icon Nicholas “Nicky” Haslam, who will present “Folly de Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House” followed by a book signing. Through a beautiful visual presentation, Nicky Haslam will entertain you with stories and details of the extraordinary transformation of his 17th century hunting lodge into a showplace of gardens and antiquities. Not to be missed!

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance and availability is limited. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling AFBA at 561-687-3394.

Event sponsors include William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Smith and Moore Architects, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, Paris Ceramics, Jennifer Garrigues Interiors, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.

2013 Lecture & Luncheon

American Friends of British Art celebrated its 10th anniversary recently at their annual Lecture & Luncheon held at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. The guest speaker this year was Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, a noted interior designer, author, and eldest daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. The charity’s founder Dr. Michael Ridgdill introduced Lady Henrietta, who provided a visual presentation titled “The Life of the House; How Rooms Evolve,” which included photos and stories about her childhood home Blenheim Palace, followed by a book signing.

Spotted amongst those in attendance were Hope Alswang (Director of the Norton Museum of Art), Veronica Atkins, Bill and Maura Benjamin, Princess Sybil de Bourbon-Parme, Carolyn Buckley, John Cafaro, Senator Capri Cafaro, Terry and Linda Collier, Dr. Angela Culveyhouse, William Eubanks, well-known classical architects Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, Leta Austin Foster, Jennifer Garrigues, Timothy Johnson, Daniel and Shanna Kahan, Brantley Knowles, Donna Long, Ross Meltzer, Mary Agnes Quinn, Virginia Oatley Berges, Hilary Geary Ross, Betsy and Wally Turner, and Fernando Wong.

This wonderful event was sponsored by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, Smith and Moore Architects, Jennifer Garrigues Interiors, and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

2012 Lecture & Luncheon

American Friends of British Art kicked off its first annual Lecture & Luncheon Series at the Phillips Point Club in West Palm Beach, where guest speaker The Marquess Townshend provided a visual presentation titled, “Raynham Hall and the Townshend Archives.” Lord Townshend, who is also patron of AFBA, led attendees on a guided tour of his ancestral home Raynham Hall, giving particular focus to historic pieces of furniture, artwork and select documents from the family archives, which date more over 900 years. Sponsors of this event included Smith and Moore Architects, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Jennifer Garrigues Design, Stephen Mooney Interiors, Nievera-Williams Design, Country Life Magazine, William Cook Antiques, and J.Falkner Fine Stationery & Cards.