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.

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.