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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.
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Meetings are held at  8 pm
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
THE
ALEXANDRIA
ASSOCIATION
Established 1932
Monday, October 16, 2017
The Lyceum
 201 South Washington Street
                                             at 8 P.M
​ABRAHAM THOMAS

The Grand(er) Tour: Architectural Imagination Beyond the Classical World 

MEMBERSHIP AND GUEST LIST IS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. PLEASE REGISTER GUESTS WITH karen.paul2@verizon.net. Fee for guests attending a one-time lecture is $15. MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND CALENDAR AVAILABLE AT OUR SITE: ALEXANDRIAASSOCIATION.ORG. 

***** Snow Policy: In the event we must cancel a lecture at the last moment, we will attempt to notify you by email and post the cancellation on our site. If you do not have email, or do not see it on the site (as we may not have had enough time to get the message up), please phone the Lyceum to see if it is open, 703-838-4994, before starting out.

For centuries, architects have used travel to fuel their cultural and artistic education. From the late 17th to early 19th century, the Grand Tour of Greek and Roman sites of antiquity was de rigeur for any architect, providing a finishing school for young men wishing to round off their academic training. However, the 19th century witnessed travels farther afield, with architects venturing to Southern Spain, the Middle East and India, seeking inspiration from Ancient Egypt or the Islamic world. J.D. Crace's Egyptian drawings, James Fergusson's studies of Indian architecture, and Christopher Dresser's designs from Japan among others transformed European and American collecting habits and influenced design taste. They also created new fields of architectural discourse. Highlighting key collections of drawings, watercolors and architectural models, this lecture illustrates various journeys undertaken by designers during the past 300 years, demonstrating how these adventures expanded and enriched the creative and intellectual imagination.

Abraham Thomas holds the position of Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge, the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. From 2015 to 2016, he was an independent curator and consultant, and from 2013 – 2015 he served as Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. While there he oversaw successful completion of major phase of £7 million restoration project and devised 6-year exhibitions and a public programming plan. Prior to that he was Assistant Curator then Curator of Designs, Victoria and Albert Museum where he initiated and completed over 350 acquisitions; negotiated purchases, gifts and bequests of historical, modern and contemporary material. Abraham is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and has lectured widely both in Europe and America. We welcome him back to the Association, this time with a lapel mike!