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Politics in the Garden: Development of the English Naturalistic Landscape Movement in the 17th Century

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, Peter Ham will talk about the extraordinary period in the second half of the 18th century that gave rise to the naturalistic English landscape garden style. This style was made famous by Charles Bridgman, William Kent, Lancelot "Capability" Brown and Humphrey Repton. The talk looks closely at key landscape gardens and focuses on the politics of the time that drove these style changes and led to interesting political messaging in certain well-known gardens. Mr. Ham will look at key Dutch, Italian and French gardens that set the stage for the English landscape movement and focus on several English estates that reflected the movement's development. The talk will be illustrated with some wonderful photos of the gardens!


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England and New England influences in the Colonial Architecture of Southern New Jersey

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On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3.00 p.m. at the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, Joan Berkey, who is an architectural historian with over 30 years of experience working with historic buildings, will talk on the English influence on the architecture of southern New Jersey historic houses. Her expertise is in heavy timber frame—also known as post and beam—construction, with an emphasis on those buildings erected before 1750.  She prepares nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, conducts historic site surveys, and helps towns create historic districts.  With degrees in English and Historic Preservation, she has published five books about historic sites and buildings.  Joan and her husband live in Cape May County, in a ca. 1790 heavy timber frame house they restored.


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Unheard Musick and Eighteenth Century British Literature

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3.00 p.m. at the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, John Burkhalter and Sheldon Eldridge will discuss the role of social harmony as but one of the many subjects in Eighteenth Century English novels and plays  that  oft has been critically remarked upon.  Curiously, quite specific references to music, a conduit for social harmony, in the works of Henry Fielding, Fanny Burney, and Oliver Goldsmith amongst others is still surprisingly  little explored. This lecture will also include some delightful musick on recorder and harpsichord!


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