Visit to Bramham 24 May 2017

Posted on May 30

On the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far about 30 LAF members met at Bramham, dodging between the stars and film crew of the next series of Victoria. Patrick Eyres introduced us to the architectural ambiguities of the baroque mansion built for the 1st Lord Bingley – Leoni ? Gibbs ? Archer ? Benson ? Paine ?, Detmar Blow ? – and Stuart, the House Manager told us the story of the family and gave us a spirited tour of the house. We particularly admired the portraits and sporting pictures and some of the Edwardian baroque furniture clearly supplied after the rebuilding from 1906. James Paine’s Chapel, formerly an orangery, was opened specially for us to admire the monuments to Bingley and his daughter Harriet attributed to Carlini. After lunch Susan Kellerman, who has made a special study of the history of the landscape at Bramham, led us on a leisurely but thorough perambulation of the magnificent park, frequently referring to early maps and other documents. It is probably the best preserved and most extensive baroque landscape in Britain, untouched by the picturesque or later movements and now in a continuous process of restoration. Our route took us from the newly revived parterre and cascade by the Broadwalk, along converging beech allées, 18ft high, to the enigmatic Stone Nymph and Four Faces Urn; thence through long avenues to the Open Temple, perhaps designed by Harriet, to the bastion, and the T Pond and canal. From here we enjoyed the delightful Batty Langley Gothick temple and nearby the slightly later Gothic ‘Museum’. We proceeded beyond the Obelisk Ponds and cascade to the smaller water features beyond, across the valley to the sombre Round Temple, the Obelisk and the Lead Lads Temple, by now well within the 18th century ‘Wilderness’. Everywhere we saw evidence of recent improvements and careful management ensuring that this magical world is preserved and enhanced.

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Leeds Art Gallery Revealed

Posted on April 04, SP

LAF members were the first to see the recently refurbished upper galleries following the extensive re-glazing of the original Victorian 1888 roof.

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LAF visit to Ireland

Posted on December 212016, JL

LAF / Chippendale Society Visit to Ireland

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Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery, 7 December

Posted on December 182015, SP

LAF members visit the new Centre of Ceramic Art for the final event of 2015.

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British Art Show 8 tour, 21 November

Posted on November 242015, SP

This wide-ranging exhibition provides a vital overview of some of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK.

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Auckland Castle and Bowes Museum 7 October

Posted on October 112015, JL

Auckland Castle and Bowes Museum

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West Sussex: Artists and Collectors May 2015

Posted on June 012015

An artistically diverse and action-packed three days.

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Cornelia Parker at the Whitworth, March 2015

Posted on April 082015, KP

LAF members and friends enjoyed a memorable day at the stunningly refurbished Whitworth Gallery

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