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Georgian Arcadia: architecture for park and garden – talk by Roger White

29.03.2023, 18:30 P.M.

We are fortunate that Roger White, a leading authority on Georgian landscape architecture, has offered to talk to us about Georgian garden buildings. Roger will explore an area in which some of the era’s greatest architects – Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor, Gibbs, Kent, Adam, Chambers, Wyatt and Soane – experimented with different forms, styles and new technology, in the process producing some of their most interesting and original ideas. Covering not just the obvious adornments of parks and gardens such as temples, summerhouses, grottoes, towers and ‘follies’, he also describes structures with predominantly practical functions including mausolea, boathouses, dovecotes, stables, kennels, deer pens, barns, and cowsheds. Some of the best examples are in Ireland.

Roger recent book, Georgian Arcadia, is the first comprehensive book on the subject. Copies will be obtainable at the talk.
Roger White is an architectural historian, former Secretary of the Georgian Group and of the Garden History Society. He is an erudite and absorbing lecturer.

The lecture will be at the offices of Donald Insall Associates, 12 Devonshire St, London W1G 7AB. Nearest tube Regents Park. Doors will open at 6pm and after a glass of wine the lecture will start at 6.30pm.

Booking and payment (by Monday 27 March please)
Cost: £15 members, £20 non-members. Guests are welcome.
by bank transfer:
Pay to
Irish Georgian Society London Bank: Nat West Sort code: 60-05-14 Account number: 18252672
Please also notify Robert Jennings at with your name and the name of any guests.
by cheque
Cheque payable to Irish Georgian Society London. Send to Robert Jennings, 28 Elmfield Road, London SW17 8AL. Please include the name of any guests.
Any queries: to Robert Jennings on 07740 460518.