Saturday Study Event online

“An Object of National Splendour”: Somerset House and the British Empire

Saturday 11 December, 14:30 – 16:30 [London]

i Attributed to Frederick Mackenzie, Somerset House from the Aldwych entrance, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

The Courtauld Gallery reopened its doors to the public on 19 November. As audiences return to its home in Somerset House, our Study Day explores this magnificent building in depth. Somerset House was the most significant public building project in Britain in the late eighteenth century, and originally housed a number of key government offices, including the headquarters of the Navy Board, alongside England’s major learned societies. Our Study Day investigates the building’s sophisticated construction and external ornamentation, as well as its function and symbolic role within a wider network of British imperial spaces and architectures.

Speakers: Kyle Leyden, Dr Emily Mann, Dr Anne Puetz
Moderated by Dr Anne Puetz

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2:30pm, 11 Dec 2021

Saturday 11 December, 14:30 – 16:30 [London]

£20 (£15 concessions)