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Tudor Revival Country House and its Afterlife (Irish Country House Architecture on-line talk 8)

24.11.2020, 18:30 P.M.

This talk is the eight of the Irish Country House Architecture 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.

The Tudor Revival Country House and its Afterlife (Lough Fea House, Crom Castle, Castle Saunderson, Carrigglas Manor, Killruddery) by Dr Myles Campbell.

For the builders of Irish country houses in the 1820s, the rise of the fashionable Tudor Revival idiom in Britain offered a novel and increasingly popular alternative to Continental classicism and the Gothic Revival castle style. Derived to a large extent from the great prodigy houses of sixteenth-century England, it was thought to be ‘specially appropriate to an English country residence’. But what of its meaning in Ireland, where this most ‘English’ of styles had no sixteenth-century stylistic precedents? This talk explores the patrons, architects and artisans who shaped the Tudor Revival country house in nineteenth-century Ireland, in the context of the shifting cultural currents that shaped its meaning on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Dr Myles Campbell is an architectural historian and museum curator, who works for the Office of Public Works (OPW) at Dublin Castle. His primary interest is in the history of architecture in Ireland and Britain in the nineteenth century. A major theme of his research is the nature and extent of British influences on Irish architecture in the decades following the Act of Union of Great Britain and Ireland (1801), which formed the subject of his PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

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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.