The English Aristocracy is often seen as a rural elite concentrating its patronage of art and architecture in the countryside.
This lecture questions this view and shows how, from the sixteenth century, aristocratic families deployed their collections and commissioned their buildings in both town and country in order to further their political and dynastic ambitions.
A lecture by Simon Thurley, Visiting Professor of the Built Environment 20 March 2019
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/art-power-english-aristocratic-house
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