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.

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.


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.

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!)