The Duke of Gloucester

A MESSAGE FROM HRH THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER
The Duke of Gloucester

Greetings and Happy New Year from American Friends of British Art!

We hope this message finds you in good health. As we look into 2021, we want to share with you this personal message from His Royal Highness, to show his support of our mission and to encourage your continued interest in our activities. Our annual Lecture & Luncheon has been canceled this year and substituted with an outdoor Garden Party which will take place on March 13th. More details and videos will follow. For now, please enjoy this message from His Royal Highness, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Yours truly,
Dr. Michael Ridgdill
Founder & President
American Friends of British Art

2021 Events Notice

We hope our supporters remain safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to maintain safety, the American Friends of British Art have cancelled and postponed all previously scheduled events. In place of our annual Lecture & Luncheon, we are tentatively planning to host an outdoor Garden Party for March 13, 2021. If you would like more information, please contact us by phone at (561) 317-4358. More information will become available soon! You may also follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@americanfriendsbritishart)

2019 Lecture & Luncheon

Our 2019 Lecture & Luncheon featuring the 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury, was a smashing success! We will be posting photos from the event on our website very soon! Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters!  If there are any questions or feedback, feel free to contact AFBA’s President, Dr. Michael Ridgdill, at 561-317-4358.

2018 Lecture & Luncheon

The 7th annual Lecture & Luncheon for American Friends of British Art was held at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach in January 2018. The guest speaker was Lord Edward “Ted” Innes-Ker, son o f the Duke of Roxburghe. His presentation titled “An American at Floors Castle: The Fascinating Story of the 8th Duchess of Roxburghe” focused primarily on his great-grandparents, the 8th Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, who revitalized their ancestral seat, Floors Castle, and added to its art collection.

First Republic Bank returned as the Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors included Smith and Moore Architects, Findlay Galleries, Paris Ceramics, Jennifer Garrigues Design, Rick Moeser of Christie’s Interanational Real Estate, David Mitchell Brown of Scott Snyder Interior Design, Katherine Shenaman Interiors, Paul Bowden & Ryan McNally, and gift bags provided by Pioneer Linens. (Photos by Capehart Photography).

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.