You are invited to the following events:

Sunday 20 September, 7.00pm BST – Camille Mestdagh, Valuing old, making new and selling both:

The Beurdeleys in Paris (1818-1895) By examining the activities of the Beurdeley dynasty (1818-1895) this lecture will investigate the development of the antique furniture and “curiosity” trade in relation to original works made in 19th century Paris. As dealers who became makers, the Beurdeleys played a role not only in the promotion and adaptation of French 17th and 18th century furniture and objets d’art, but also in creating new pieces for the cosmopolitan international elites, from London to New York. The study of their workshop shows an evolution in practices, whilst their business reveals the increasing consumption and circulation of works of art from Paris, both antique and modern. Their double vocation brings to light the transfer of knowledge from the shop to the workshop and the extent of the influences that occurred between trade and creation, between the old and the new.

Sunday 27 September, 7pm BST –  Dr. Stacey Sloboda, St. Martin’s Lane:  Art, Design, and the Cultural Geography of the Eighteenth-Century London Art World:

St. Martin’s Lane and the surrounding neighbourhood of Covent Garden was a centre of artistic production in the mid-18th century.  William Hogarth’s St. Martin’s Lane Academy served as a professional hub and training ground for two-generations of British painters, sculptors, and architects, while the neighborhood was also home to the best-known cabinetmakers, wood carvers, and print engravers of the period. This talk offers a cultural geography of the neighbourhood, and considers the social, artistic, and professional relationships between these groups of artists to argue that the mid-eighteenth-century London art world was more integrated, collaborative, and inclusive of diverse materials and artistic practices than has yet been recognized.

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