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Later Palladian Country House (Irish Country House Architecture on-line talk 4)

27.10.2020, 18:30 P.M.

This talk is the fourth in the Irish Country House Architecture nine week on-line lecture series presented by the Irish Georgian Society, in association with the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates (CSHIHE), University of Maynooth.

Later Palladian Country House (Richard Castle’s Belvedere, Carton, Powerscourt, Russborough and Davis Ducart’s Kilshannig and Castletown Cox) by Professor Christine Casey.

Does the term ‘Palladian’ properly describe the domestic architecture of Ireland in the middle decades of the eighteenth century? By balancing discussion of design principles with close attention to materials and craftsmanship this lecture will explore the complexity of architectural production in the period with reference to the work of Richard Castle, Davis Ducart and the craftsmen who executed their designs. The character and quality of stone masonry, joinery, carving and plasterwork is fundamental to our understanding of houses such as Russborough and Castletown Cox, while conservative planning and elevational composition raise questions about the respective roles of architect and patron in the design process.

Book for this online prerecorded Zoom lecture.

Those booking the on-line talks will receive an email containing a password protected link by 6pm on the evening of the lecture. The talks are pre-recorded on Zoom. It is possible to watch the talks for one week from the time of receiving the link.Book for the whole nine week on-line course for the discounted price of 80 euro.


Irish Country House Architecture lectures have been inspired by the late Hon. Desmond Guinness who was a tireless champion of the Irish country house, through the establishment of the Irish Georgian Society, the saving of Castletown house for the nation, and the writing of publications that celebrated the Irish country house, such as Irish Houses and Castles (1973) and Great Irish Houses and Castles (1992).

Irish Country House Architecture lectures form part of the IGS's Conservation Education Programme, which is supported by Merrion Properties and Heather and John Picerne. The Society also wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the London Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society and Ecclesiastical Insurance in sponsoring the Irish Country House Architecture lecture series.

Attendance at the lectures is recognised as formal CPD by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.


Image: Russborough House, County Wicklow, reproduced courtesy of Stephen Farrell Photography.