The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.
The year was 1762; the location, York, England. Lady Anne Fairfax, daughter of the 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley, desired a new winter townhome from which to enjoy the city’s social season of events, balls and assemblies. Her adoring father, wishing to create a fitting family home that would also serve as his only remaining child’s marriage dowry, turned to one of Yorkshire’s greatest architects, John Carr, to transform an existing building along Castlegate Street into one of the country’s finest Georgian townhouses. In this lecture, former Curatorial Assistant Louisa Brouwer will discuss the building and its fascinating history from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. Now open to the public as an MLA-accredited historic house museum, Fairfax House continues to tell the story of Georgian life through its collections of representative furniture, paintings and decorative arts.
Ms. Brouwer, the Israel Sack, Inc., Archives Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, will approach the home’s furnishings – both in historic and contemporary contexts – with an eye towards connoisseurship and the antique trade. Louisa received her undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before completing her M.A. in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. Her scholarly interests include historic jewelry, the development of female agency through material goods in eighteenth-century England, and the antiques trade of early-modern America. Please join us in welcoming Louisa to the Alexandria Association!
“A Georgian Jewel: Rediscovering Fairfax House in York, England”
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