1990 Supper lecture: Goths v Romans - the battle for the Foreign Office

Thursday 21 February 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM

Price for single attendee: £0.00

A talk by James Stourton. In 1855 an international competition was announced inviting designs for a new Foreign Office building. 218 designs were received, ranging from neo-classical to Gothic and French Empire styles. In fact not one of the winning designs was ever built. Initially George Gilbert Scott's Gothic style was favoured, but eventually it was a Roman-inspired design which was built. James Stourton will talk about the battle of designs and explain how the final design was selected. James Stourton is the prize-winning author of five books including the authorised biography of Kenneth Clark 'Life, Art and Civilisation' and ‘British Embassies: their diplomatic and architectural history, Frances Lincoln, 2017. He is a former Chairman of Sotheby's UK, he sits on the Heritage Memorial Fund panel, is a senior fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, London University and is a frequent lecturer on the history of art and collecting.


Event code: 1990

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