Emery Walker's House Trust's Spring Series of Talks Commences

Jeremy Musson to give lecture on Houses of the Cotswolds

Owlpen Manor Gloucestershire
Owlpen Manor Gloucestershire

February 10, 2023

The Emery Walker’s House Trust has announced a new series of talks for the Spring.

The season commences with An Evening with Jeremy Musson in which he will talk about, Houses of the Cotswolds on Tuesday 22 February at 6:30pm.

The lecture will explore some of the UK’s most beguiling Cotswold country houses in this much-loved area of western England. His talk will include Stanway, Daneway and Owlpen Manor, which have important associations with the Arts & Crafts movement, including West London residents, William Morris and Emery Walker. These houses featured in his recent book on the subject, illustrated with photographs taken by Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas. These attractive stone-built houses, set in the rolling landscape of the Cotswolds, with its hidden valleys, have become something of an English ideal.

Jeremy Musson is a Cambridge-based architectural historian and consultant who was an architectural writer on Country Life magazine from 1995 to 1998, and its Architectural Editor from 1998 to 2007 and has authored many books on the English country house. He is also a TV presenter, appearing on the BBC Two series The Curious House Guest; The World’s Greatest Hotels, on Channel 4; and presented Chatsworth House on Britain’s Best on BBC1.

The lecture will take place at 6:30pm at Olympia Auctions, 25 Blythe Road, W14 0PD.

All tickets include a glass of wine and light snacks. Doors open at 6pm.

The series continues on Wednesday 29 March at 6pm with an online interactive talk via Zoom by Helen Elletson entitled Women in the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The Women’s Guild of Arts was founded in 1907 as a reaction to the lack of professional art organisations open to female practitioners. Some of the key members of this pioneering group have a close relationship with Emery Walker’s House and their beautiful art work is represented in its collections, from stunning embroideries to glorious ceramics. This talk will highlight the importance and interconnections of three prominent artists of the Guild who were all Hammersmith neighbours - May Morris, Mary Annie Sloane and Phoebe Stabler.

Helen Elletson is Research Curator at Emery Walker’s House and also Curator of Research and Development at the William Morris Society.

Then on Wednesday 26 April at 6pm, there will be an online interactive talk via Zoom by Gillian McIver entitled Artist, inventor, occultist, faith healer. Who was Philip James de Loutherbourg?

Philip James De Loutherbourg (nicknamed the Mystagogue) was an artist, an alchemist and a magician and it seems like he was good at all three. A stage designer, he made special effects for theatre impresario David Garrick. He was a master painter, and acclaimed member of the Royal Academy and the French Academy, and devised his own astonishing colours. By the time he moved to 7 Hammersmith Terrace, now known as Emery Walker’s House, he was one of the most successful artists in London but gave that up to be a faith healer, treating hundreds of London’s poorest.

Gillian McIver will discuss this fascinating figure, an emblem of a little understood, tumultuous era. Gillian is a historian, art historian and curator particularly interested in the esoteric and magical practices of the 18th and 19th century art world. She is the author of Art History for Filmmakers 2016 and Between Realism and the Sublime 2022.

These live and interactive online talks are part of a programme of monthly events organised by the Emery Walker’s House Trust.

Emery Walker’s House at 7 Hammersmith Terrace, W6 reopens for guided tours on 4 March. Talks and tours must be prebooked via Emerywalker.org.uk.

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