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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
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).
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).
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)
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.
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.