|1999 - Nov. 11
||LECTURE: John Soane: An Accidental Romantic,
an illustrated lecture at the House of the Redeemer,
New York City, by Gillian Darley on the
subject of her recent book of the same name, published
by Yale University Press. The evening was co-sponsored
by Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative
Arts and the lecture was followed by a reception.
Ms. Darley, a writer and broadcaster, is Chairman of the
Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings.
|1999 - Oct. 18
||LECTURE: John Soane: In and Out of Context,
an illustrated lecture at Christies’s
by Robert Rosenblum, Professor of Fine
Arts at New York University, on Soane and his stormy relationships
with the artists and architects of his era. The evening
was presented in conjunction with Christie’s and
a reception followed the lecture, with a dinner in Christie’s
Board Room for Board Members and other Foundation supporters.
|1999 - Sept. 15 to 19
||SOANE TRAVELS: London Trip
to attend a Private View at the Royal Academy of Arts
in London of the exhibition John Soane, Architect:
Master of Space and Light. Several Board
members and other Soane afficionados journeyed to the
UK and as well as visiting the Royal Academy they spent
time at the Houses of Parliament, took a hard-hat tour
of the new Tate Gallery (to be called the Tate Modern),
a tour of Greenwich, in particular the National Maritime
Museum, led by project architect Gavin Miller from Rick
Mather’s office, enjoyed a candlelight
dinner at the Museum, and visited several Soane houses
in the Norfolk area, including the Old Rectory at Saxlingham,
Letton Hall, Wimpole Hall, Shottesham Hall and the rarely
visited Music Room at Earsham.
|1999 - May 11
||LECTURE: George Washington, Architect.
An illustrated lecture at the Harvard Club
by Allan Greenberg, with Harrison
Ford as Honorary Chairman, on George Washington’s
preoccupation with architecture in the creation of his
house, gardens and farms at Mount Vernon and his collaboration
with Peter Charles L’Enfant in developing a master
plan for our nation’s capitol. The lecture was a
joint venture with the Harvard Club.
|1999 - March 4
||TALK: Architecture as Identity: The Future
of Classicism. A panel discussion at the
Union Club on the issues raised by the
question of the viability of the classical style, designed
to explore whether the classical and modern approaches
to architecture can coexist successfully. Robert
Venturi was Honorary Chairman, Paul Goldberger
was Moderator and the panelists were Paul Byard,
Allan Greenberg, Charles Gwathmey
and Donald Rattner. The discussion was
followed by a reception and dinner.
|1999 - Jan. 27
||LECTURE: Keepers of the Flame: A Celebration
of Classicism in America. Beyond Style: Sir John
Soane and the Bank of England. An illustrated
lecture given by Daniel Abramson, Soane
Fellowship recipient, at the New York School of
Interior Design on Sir John Soane’s work
at the Bank of England, a definition of his style and
its manifestations in American architecture and interiors,
followed by a reception . This was a joint event with
the New York School of Interior Design,
with Stuart Wrede as Honorary Chairman
and Robin Middleton as Honored Guest.
A private supper party was given for Board members and
special friends by Colin and Mary MacLachlan
at their home.
|1998 - Nov. 19 to 21
||SOANE TRAVELS USA: Keepers of the Flame:
A Celebration of Classicism in America. Manifestations
of Classicism in our Nation’s Capitol.
A trip to Washington, DC, including: a reception and private
view of Robert Adam: The Creative Mind
at the Octagon, private tour of Blair House, tickets for
Van Gogh’s Van Goghs luncheon with Sir Christopher
Meyer and Lady Meyer at the British Ambassador’s
residence, private tour of the Department of State Diplomatic
and Reception Rooms, formal dinner at the National Museum
for Women in the Arts, breakfast with Allan Greenberg
to discuss Washington’s Mount Vernon, and a private
tour of Mount Vernon.
|1998 - Jan. 16
||SYMPOSIUM: Chunnel Vision: France and England
and the Reciprocity of Taste, 1763-1851.
An all-day Symposium held at Alliance Française
in cooperation with The Bard Graduate Center for
Studies in the Decorative Arts and with Christie’s.
Then a reception and Gala Dinner at the Union Club, New
York with distinguished speakers, including J. Carter
Brown and the Countess of Rosebery.
|1997 - Dec. 15
||EXHIBITION: Robert Adam - The Creative Mind:
From the Sketch to the Finished Drawing,
a selection of 66 drawings and watercolors by Robert and
James Adam and artists from their studio, on loan from
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Opening reception
planned by The Fellows of The Frick Collection
at One East 70th Street, New York.
|1997 - 1996
||UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF THE SOANE MUSEUM SERIES:
Four evening presentations, followed by Receptions and
Dinners, investigating Sir John Soane’s ideas and
collections to uncover hidden meanings and the significance
of his architecture and artifacts.
June 11, 1997 - Sir John Soane’s Imprint
on the Twentieth Century: An Exploration of
Soane’s Continuing Influence on Contemporary Architecture
and Design. Brendan Gill, Honorary
Chairman Jaquelin Robertson, Moderator.
Michael Graves, Thomas Beeby,
Keith Irvine, John Saladino,
Panelists. A Panel of architects and designers discussing
the current significance of Soane’s seminal work.
April 10, 1997 - Soane’s Hogarths:
The Avid Quest of a Resolute Collector. Eugene Thaw,
Honorary Chairman. Ronald Paulson,
Speaker (Johns Hopkins University). To mark the occasion
of Hogarth’s tercentenary, this presentation explored
the attraction of Hogarth’s work to Soane and
others who collected it during the late eighteenth and
early nineteenth centuries.
January 21, 1997 - Sir John Soane: Enlightenment
Thought and The Masonic Movement.
Christopher Monkhouse, Honorary Chairman.
David Watkin, Speaker (Cambridge University).
An exploration of Enlightenment thought and its connection
with the Masonic movement with regard to their effect
on Soane and his circle.
October 16, 1996 -The Architectural Interior:
Collectors, Architects and Visionaries from Walpole
to Soane. Albert Hadley, Honorary Chairman.
Stephen Calloway, Speaker (Victoria
& Albert Museum). An illustrated presentation showing
how the architectural interior was transformed by contact
with ancient civilizations during this period of intense
||COLLECTORS AND COLLECTING SERIES. This
series took its focus from the exhibit entitled Soane:
Connoisseur and Collector, shown at The Frick Collection
from April 30 until July 7, 1996.
May 22, 1996 - Margaret Richardson, Curator
of Sir John Soane’s Museum and Helen Dorey,
Inspectress and Deputy Curator, Sir John Soane’s
Museum. A free illustrated lecture at The Frick Collection
on Soane as a collector of works of art and antiquities
was given by Helen Dorey: Margaret Richardson discussed
Soane as a collector of drawings. The lectures were followed
by a dinner to commemorate the Foundation’s fifth
April 24, 1996 - Private View of the Exhibition,
Soane: Connoisseur and Collector.
A preview of the first traveling exhibition from Sir
John Soane’s Museum on view at The Frick
Collection, April - July 1996. A fund-raising
dinner followed the preview.
March 14, 1996 - A panel discussion
exploring different aspects of the ethics of collecting
with John Harris, Architectural Historian,
Phyllis Lambert, Director, Centre Canadien
d’Architecture, George Ortiz,
Collector of Antiquities, Eugene V. Thaw,
Honorary Chairman and Moderator.
|1995 - Oct. 20 to 22
||SOANE TRAVELS USA: Jefferson’s Virginia.
A trip to Albemarle County Virginia to explore Jefferson
as an architect, designer of interiors and horticulturist.
The trip included visits to Monticello, the University
of Virginia, Poplar Forest and private Jeffersonian houses
|1995 - 1994
||SOANE AND JEFFERSON SERIES. Four evening
presentations exploring the careers of Sir John Soane
and Thomas Jefferson. Each presentation was followed by
a reception and dinner.
April 26, 1995 - Mark Hampton, Mark
Hampton, Inc.; Keith Irvine, Irvine
& Fleming, Inc.; J. Carter Brown,
Honorary Chairman. An analysis of Jefferson’s
and Soane’s innovative contributions to the decorative
arts and interior design with an emphasis on their use
of space and light.
February 15, 1995 - Richard Guy Wilson,
Commonwealth Professor, Chair of Architectural History,
University of Virginia; Damie Stillman,
Chair and John W. Shirley Professor
of Art History, University of Delaware; Allan
Greenberg, Honorary Chairman. An examination
of Soane’s and Jefferson’s attitudes toward
the urban milieu and the natural landscape, and, the
physical and symbolic roles their buildings played in
November 16, 1994 - Barry Bergdoll,
Architectural Historian, Department of Art, Columbia
University; Wendell Garrett, Senior
Vice President of American Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s,
and Editor-at-Large, Antiques; Douglas
Lewis, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative
Arts, National Gallery of Art; Suzanne Stephens,
Honorary Chair and Moderator. An exploration of the
work of certain architects in Germany, France and Italy
as well as in the United States and England during the
late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and
how their works and writings may have contributed to
the architectural development of Jefferson and Soane.
October 26, 1994 - Jaquelin T. Robertson,
Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners; Robin
Middleton, Professor, Dept. of Art History,
Columbia University; Philip Johnson,
Honorary Chairman; Peter Thornton,
Honored Guest, Curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum.
An assessment of Jefferson’s and Soane’s
architectural legacies in the light of their influence
on architects in the twentieth century.
|1994 - June 25
||VISIT: Philip Johnson. A tour led by
Mr. Johnson of his celebrated home, The Glass House, in
New Canaan, Connecticut including a picnic lunch on the
grounds and guided tours of the sculpture and painting
galleries by the staff.
|1994 - April 20
||TALK: J. Carter Brown the Director
Emeritus of the National Gallery of Art gave an illustrated
presentation on "Windshield,” the Brown family
summer retreat on Fishers Island designed by R. J. Neutra.
|1993 - Oct. 16
||VISIT: Pocantico. Visit to
the Union Chapel in Tarrytown, New York
to view the stained glass windows designed by Chagall
and Matisse followed by a picnic lunch in the Coach Barn
on the grounds of Pocantico, the Rockefeller Estate. After
viewing the sculpture gardens, David Engle, who was commissioned
by Nelson Rockefeller to design the extensive Japanese
gardens at Kykuit, led the tour through
these magnificent gardens.
|1993 - Sept. 27
||SOANE TRAVELS: Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Candlelit tours of the Soane Museum in London before a
concert of baroque music, followed by a reception in the
|1993 - April 21
||VISIT: Avery Art and Architectural Library.
A tour of the renowned collection of rare books and architectural
drawings at Columbia University's library was introduced
by architect Robert A.M. Stern, Professor of Architecture
and Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University.
A buffet dinner followed.
|1992 - Oct. 22
||LECTURE: Colin Amery. This
architectural critic for the London Financial Times
gave a lecture entitled "Sir John Soane and the Sublime"
at Sotheby's, followed by a reception.
|1992 - May 6
||LECTURE: Peter Thornton, the
Curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum delivered a lecture
entitled, “Restoring a Piece of English History:
Sir John Soane’s Museum.” The lecture, given
at The Cooper Hewitt Museum under the auspices of Sir
John Soane’s Museum Foundation, was followed by
the Inaugural Dinner Party held at the Fabbri Mansion
to launch the Foundation.
These lectures, followed by an informal Reception,
are presented without charge to interested members of the public,
and are given by the recipients of the annual Sir John Soane’s
Museum Foundation Fellowship.
|1999 - Jan. 27
||Beyond Style: Sir John Soane and the Bank of
Stuart Wrede, Honorary Chairman
Daniel Abramson, Speaker
This lecture was given as part of Keepers of
the Flame: A Celebration of Classicism in America (see
|1998 - Feb. 11
||Naturalism in the Work of Turner and Soane
Robin Middleton, Honorary Chairman
Edward Wendt, Speaker (Columbia University)
|1997 - Feb. 26
||Citizen Soane: Representations of Civic Architecture
and National Identity at Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Robin Middleton, Honorary Chairman
Sean Sawyer, Speaker (Columbia University)
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