Special offer from Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

American Friends of British Art is excited to announce a collaboration with Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine this season. A special offer is being extended to supporters of AFBA who wish to order a suscription to their magazine. Those interested may visit their website at www.Fineartconnoisseur.com and when ordering a subscription, enter in the promotional code H890 to receive $10 off the subscription price.  A great deal for those are lovers, and a wonderful holiday gift idea!  Enjoy!

Upcoming Spencer-Churchill Lecture

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, renowned interior designer at Woodstock Designs, author of numerous books on interior design, and daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, will be the guest speaker at  AFBA’s 2013 Lecture & Luncheon. The topic of her lecture is yet to be determined, but will have a theme related to Georgian style and design.

Lady Henrietta will be releasing a new book in autumn 2012 and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Tickets are required in advance and are available for $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties should contact AFBA at 561.687.3394.


2012 Lecture & Luncheon

The Marquess Townshend will be returning to Palm Beach to present a lecture and co-host a luncheon to benefit American Friends of British Art. His presentation “A Personal Tour of Raynham Hall & The Townshend Archives” will take place at the Phillips Point Club in West Palm Beach on February 11, 2012. Tickets are required in advance and are available at $120 per person. Particular focus will be placed on the exterior and interior designs of this stately residence, as well as the many treasures housed in the family archives that date back to the 12th century. The event is presented by Smith & Moore Architects, with additional sponsorship provided by Country Life Magazine, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Stephen Mooney Interiors, Jennifer Garrigues Interiors, Nievera Williams Design, J.Falkner Fine Stationery & Cards, and William Cook Antiques (U.K.).
For more information, please contact AFBA at 561-687-3394.

“Shakespeare en Francais!”

Pistache French Bistro, located at 101 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, will be hosting a happy hour event on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm, to benefit AFBA’s initiative to help fund the restoration of the stained glass windows at Shakespeare’s resting place of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Attendees paying $20 at the door will receive two complimentary cocktails, complimentary appetizers, and those staying for dinner will get 20% of their dinner bill donated back to AFBA. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go toward the Holy Trinity Church restoration project. Come show your support!

Help AFBA restore Shakespeare’s Church

Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon has been a place of worship for over 800 years. It was in this idyllic village church that William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564. He attended services at this church and was entombed along with family members inside the church after his death. Remaining an active church for the community and filled with rich history, Holy Trinity Church is in desperate need of assistance with a massive project that is about to be launched to restore their magnificent stained glass windows, many of which date back to the 1400’s. The surrounding stone casings of the enormous stained glass windows need considerable reinforcement and repair, and the glass and leading itself also need cleaning and repair. American Friends of British Art has agreed to provide financial assistance for this project, and we are asking our supporters to help us make an impact with this historically important restoration project. Anyone interested in making a donation directly to this project can receive a full tax-deduction for their donation and will receive a guarantee that 100% of their donation will be used for this project. If you wish to donate, please mail check to: American Friends of British Art, PO Box 2842, Palm Beach, FL 33480. In the “memo” section of your check or on a personal note, please indicate that it is for Shakespeare’s Church. Please contact us if you have any questions….and stay tuned for more updates soon! (Move cursor and click on the image on the left to see a close-up view of the stained glass window!)

Marquess Townshend Reception – February 2011

The Worth Avenue showroom of William R. Eubanks Interior Design served as the elegant backdrop for a reception hosted recently honoring The Marquess Townshend and benefitting American Friends of British Art. Loyal AFBA supporters from as faw away as New York and Washington were in attendance to help AFBA raise funds and to help celebrate the 8th year since AFBA’s founding. The event was themed “Raj” and featured exotic hors d’oeuvres and Anglo-Indian inspired designs, which entertained the nearly 90 guests who were in attendance.

Marquess Townshend to visit Palm Beach

On 10 February 2011, the 8th Marquess Townshend will be visiting Palm Beach to serve as guest of honor at a reception hosted by noted interior designer William R. Eubanks to benefit American Friends of British Art. The event will take place at the William R. Eubanks design showroom at 340 Worth Avenue. An RSVP is required and admission to the event is $100 donation. Lord Townshend serves as the charity’s patron and will be in Palm Beach to raise awareness for the charity and to meet privately with contributors to the charity’s Endowment Campaign. Lord Townshend is the guardian of a spectacular private art collection acquired over several centuries by his noble ancestors, and has also been actively involved in the conservation of his local parish church.

AFBA Board Member Headed to Palace

Her Majesty’s Consul General to Miami, The Honourable Kevin McGurgan, was named in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List to receive the Order of the British Empire. He will soon be visiting Buckingham Palace to receive the Order from the Queen. Congratulations Kevin!

Lord Raynham’s Tea Party – February 2010

In collaboration with the 2010 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, American Friends of British Art brought over The Right Honourable Lord Raynham to present a lecture titled, “The Townshends: An English Noble Family and Their Art”, followed by a tea party for AFBA supporters. The event’s main sponsor was U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Division, and junior sponsors were Smith & Moore Architects, and South Florida Financial Services. The event’s Design Sponsor was William R. Eubanks Interior Design, and Media Sponsor was PALM BEACH THE ISLAND magazine. Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography.

Indochine February 2009

William R. Eubanks and the British Consul General to Miami, the Hon. Keith Allan, teamed up to host a fundraising reception for American Friends of British Art with a delightful Indochine theme. Diplomats and philanthropists from Washington and New York filled Eubanks’ Palm Beach showroom to show their support of AFBA. Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography.