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09 May 2019GARDEN MAKER: HAROLD PETO
11 April 2019Masonry, Manuscripts & Music
14 March 2019RUSSIA LOOKS AT ITSELF: History through the ages.
14 February 2019SAME OLD, SAME NEW - ART COMPARISON
10 January 2019THE TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY
08 November 2018GETTING UNDER THEIR SKINS - Finding character & story in Renaissance Art
11 October 2018TURNER VERSUS CONSTABLE - The great British Paint-off
13 September 2018THE CAMDEN TOWN PAINTERS
14 June 2018FOOD AND ART THROUGH THE AGES
10 May 2018CHILDREN AS ARTISTS
12 April 2018HOW DO THEY MAKE THAT NOISE? The Opera Singer Phenomenon
08 March 2018THE ART AND CULTURE OF FIN-de-SIECLE VIENNA
08 February 2018THE ART OF APOLOGY & ATONEMENT: How Germany commemorates WW2 in memorials and counter-memorials
11 January 2018FABER & FABER - 90 years of excellence in cover design
09 November 2017CARDIFF CASTLE - In depth, height and behind the closed doors! 7.00pm
12 October 2017THE GLASGOW BOYS 7.00pm
14 September 2017GILES - The life and works of a great cartoonist 7.00pm
08 June 2017THE BOY WHO BIT PICASSO 7.00pm
11 May 2017THE HORSE AND HORSEMAN from George Stubbs (1724 - 1806) to Mark Wallinger (born 1959) 7.00pm
13 April 2017THE TREASURES OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION 7.00pm
09 March 2017IINSPIRED BY STONEHENGE 7.00pm
09 February 2017FOREIGNERS IN LONDON 1526 - 1677 : Artists who altered the course of British Art 7.00pm
12 January 2017HIDDEN CANVASSES - Street Art and the City 7.00pm
10 November 2016FABERGE The Life and work of the World's Greatest Goldsmith 7.00pm
13 October 2016THE HISTORY OF MAGIC through Art and Pictures 7.00pm
08 September 2016The Joys of Impressionism INAUGURAL LECTURE 7.00pm
16 May 2016Great Tarts in Art ? High Culture and the Oldest Profession - a free taster lecture

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GARDEN MAKER: HAROLD PETO Steven Desmond Thursday 09 May 2019

Steven is an independent landscape consultant specialising in historic gardens and architecture since 1985; freelance lecturer, including Universities of Bristol and Oxford; specialist tour leader and lecturer in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. ADFAS lecture tour of Australia in 2010. Writer and broadcaster on historic gardens and related topics. 

Garden Maker: Harold Peto

Harold Peto (1854-1933) was a distinguished and successful Victorian architect in partnership with Ernest George. He retired from this practice unexpectedly early in 1892, and began to travel extensively. In the early 20th century he drew on these two strands of experience to design gardens for clients, mainly in Britain and on the French Riviera, and became outstandingly successful. Though the surviving legacy is fragmentary, it is distinctive and significant. Completed gardens open to the public include Garinish Island in Bantry Bay and his own eclectic scheme at Iford Manor in a secluded valley in Wiltshire. Though Peto’s Riviera terraces have largely gone along with the lifestyle which generated them, the photographic record is excellent.