English Architecture 1690-1750: To Be or Not To Be Palladian

Course summary

  • Fri 11 May 2018 to Sun 13 May 2018
  • 8.00pm Friday - 1.00pm Sunday
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA
  • From £133.00
  • Course code O17P203HCR
  • ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1865 270380
  • Applications being accepted

English Architecture 1690-1750: To Be or Not To Be Palladian


Most people associate British architecture of the first half of the eighteenth century with the Palladian revival promoted by Lord Burlington and Colen Campbell and with buildings such as Chiswick House or the York Assembly Rooms. Although it was an important, even dominant, mode of building for a time, it was not universally adopted. This weekend will explore the other traditions – among them different varieties of Classical architecture, Baroque and Gothic – which continued alongside those of the Palladian revolution. Questions to be considered include the factors which led individual patrons and architects to make particular stylistic choices for individual projects, with a main, but not exclusive, focus on different kinds of house.

There will be a walk to relevant buildings in central Oxford on the Saturday afternoon, with a considerable amount of standing. Participants should come prepared for all weathers and with suitable footwear for urban but possibly uneven surfaces.

Programme details

Friday 11 May 2018


6.15pm             Registration (for those who have booked meals and or accommodation)


6.30pm            Dinner


7.45pm             Registration (for those who have booked as non-residential without meals)


8.00pm-         Form and idea: ‘baroque’ and ‘Palladianism’ at Castle Howard

9.15pm             ANTHONY GERAGHTY


Saturday 12 May 2018


8.00am           Breakfast (residents only)


9.00am         What we mean by ‘Palladian’

                     RICHARD HEWLINGS


10.00am          Toeing the Palladian line? The Classicism of James Gibbs                    

                        WILLIAM ASLET


11.00am           Coffee / tea


11.30am            The antithesis of good taste: Georgian Gothic

                        PETER LINDFIELD


12.30pm           Break


12.45pm           Lunch


2.00pm           From the Clarendon Building to the Radcliffe Camera: the creation of Oxford’s ‘forum universitatis’

                        GEOFFREY TYACK


3.15pm             Depart for walk in central Oxford


5.00pm           Disperse in central Oxford


5.30pm            Break coffee/tea


6.30pm            Dinner


8.00pm-         Town houses: Classicism and the building world

9.15pm             CONOR LUCEY


Sunday 13 May 2018


8.00am           Breakfast (residents only)


9.00am           The London suburban villa 1690-1750: Palladianism and its discontents

                        ELIZABETH MCKELLAR


10.00am          Palladianism and the country house

                        STEVEN PARISSIEN


11.00am           Coffee / tea


11.30am            Complexity and contradiction in the Palladian interior

                        CHRISTINE CASEY


12.30pm           Break


12.45pm           Lunch and course disperses



Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Friday and Saturday nights only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to book twin room accommodation online, so if you wish to book a twin room, please send in your completed enrolment form or contact the Day & Weekend Events Office, Email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £133.00
Baguette Saturday: £4.70
Baguette Sunday: £4.70
Dinner Friday evening: £19.00
Dinner Saturday Evening: £19.00
Hot Lunch Saturday: £13.50
Hot Lunch Sunday: £13.50
Single B&B Friday & Saturday Nights: £151.70
Twin B&B Friday & Saturday Nights per person: £108.70


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Mr William Aslet


Postgraduate Student, University of Cambridge

Dr Christine Casey


Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Anthony Geraghty


Professor of the History of Art, University of York

Mr Richard Hewlings


Independent Scholar

Dr Peter Nelson Lindfield


Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Stirling

Dr Conor Lucey


Assistant Professor in Architectural History, School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin

Professor Elizabeth McKellar


Professor of Architectural and Design History, Open University

Professor Steven Parissien


Professor Steven Parissien is Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Visiting Professor of Architectural History and Visual Heritage at Coventry University, and Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford and has written extensively on architectural and cultural history: his twelve books to date include Regency Style (1992), George IV: The Grand Entertainment (2001) and The Comfort of the Past: Building Oxford 1815-2015 (2015).

Dr Paul Barnwell

Director of Studies

Dr Paul Barnwell is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and Co-Director of Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment at OUDCE.

Dr Geoffrey Tyack

Course Director

Dr Geoffrey Tyack, FSA, FRHistS, is a Fellow of Kellogg College and former director of the Stanford University Centre in Oxford. His books include Sir James Pennethorne and the Making of Victorian London, Life and Work in a Middlesex Village: Harefield 1880-1914, and Two Early Panoramas of the Regent’s Park: The Panoramas of Richard Morris and John Mortimer. He has also written extensively on the architecture of Oxford, and is co-author of the revised Pevsner volume on Berkshire in the Buildings of England series. He edits the Georgian Group Journal, and is a Trustee of the Oxford preservation Trust. He has taught courses for the OUDCE for many years, and lectures widely elsewhere on topics in British and European architectural and urban history.



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