The Master Craftsman, Chippendale at Temple Newsam, by expert James Lomax. Held in The Still Room, Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE

A talk by James Lomax on Chippendale at Temple Newsam, followed a guided tour.

Thomas Chippendale, born in Otley in 1718, became a cabinet-maker in London, designing furniture in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. James trained as a museum curator under the late Christopher Gilbert at Temple Newsam before working at Manchester Art Galleries for five years. He has been Hon Curator of the Chippendale Society since 1995 and Chair of the Leeds Art Fund since 2012. For 35 years he has been involved in most aspects of museum curatorship: acquisitions, research, publications and cataloguing, teaching, exhibitions, conservation and collections management. He was also Hon Editorial Secretary to the Furniture History Society 1985-88 and Chairman of the Silver Society 1998-99. He will tell the group about the great man in the morning. There will be a break for lunch, followed by a tour of Temple Newsam, highlighting the Chippendale collection and related works of art.

Described as one of the great English historic country houses, Temple Newsam is a stunning Tudor-Jacobean mansion set within 1,500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens with a working rare breeds farm. The house has been extensively restored and holds some of the most comprehensive collections of paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers outside London. In an interview for Radio 4's Front Row, ex-Culture Minister Mark Fisher placed Temple Newsam in the top 3 non-national museums in the country. Many items originally collected, sold in the 1920s, have been bought back and re-installed, many with help from the Art Fund. There is a Georgian dovecote containing nesting holes for 2000 pairs of pigeons, a working estate joiner's shop and sawmills. The house has 3 floors to explore with beautiful paintings, furniture and silver.

This event has been organised by the North Yorkshire Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Temple Newsam

Selby Road, Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Leeds, LS15 0AE

Entry details

£45.00 (includes coffee & lunch)

To book, please contact Jill Robinson on or call 07973 779970

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