Follies: An Architectural Journey

Follies: An Architectural Journey

This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 6th Apr 2021

 £5

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Follies were an important feature of English landscape gardens in the long eighteenth century. They could take a multitude of forms, from lavish banqueting houses to temples to lost loves, while their designers read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the greatest figures in Georgian architecture and landscape design – Wren, Vanbrugh, Kent, ‘Capability’ Brown and Repton. In this talk, Rory Fraser will take us on an illustrated journey across England as he unearths the stories behind these often-overlooked architectural gems. Fraser’s philosophy is that follies, though often marginalised, serve as focal points for architecture, landscape and literature. As such, they create a series of portals through which to understand the periods in which they were built, providing an alternative lens through which to track and celebrate the English character, culture and love of individualism.

Rory Fraser was brought up between Rutland and Inverness. He worked for English Heritage and learnt Art History in Venice and Florence, before studying English at Oxford University where he specialised in landscape poetry and architecture, and wrote comedy for the Oxford Review. On graduating, he worked for John Simpson Architects in Bloomsbury. He is currently at Cambridge University, where he is doing an MPhil in Architectural History under Frank Salmon. His book, Follies: An Architectural Journey, was published in November 2020.

The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.


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This event has finished Took place on: Tuesday, 6th Apr 2021

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2021-04-06 2021-04-06 Europe/London Follies: An Architectural Journey In this talk, Rory Fraser will take us on an illustrated journey across England as he unearths the stories behind these often-overlooked architectural gems. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/04/06/follies-an-architectural-journey-253306 ,,,

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.