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04 October 2017The Interiors of Jane Austen's Heroines
07 June 2017 Paul & John Nash : Brothers in Art
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02 March 2016Life & Art of Marianne North: Victorian Botanical Artist
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06 May 2015Venice: The Architecture of a Renaissance City
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04 February 2015 Kandinsky and the Rise of Abstraction
07 January 2015Eric Ravilious: Artist, Designer and Illustrator
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05 November 2014A.W.G. Pugin: A Passion for Gothic
01 October 2014The Art and Artifice of Fleet Street
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07 May 2014Treasures of the English Church: 1000 Years of Gold and Silver
02 April 2014Meet Me at the Waldorf
05 March 2014The Glasgow Boys: Painting in Scotland 1875 - 1914
05 February 2014Michelangelo - A Troubled Genius
08 January 2014 "A mound of treasures from far countries was fetched aboard her" - The Story of the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
04 December 2013Medieval Illuminated Books of Hours
06 November 2013The Artist out of Doors: from Claude to Monet
02 October 2013Linley, the continuing tradition of English Cabinet Making
05 June 2013Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American mother: Style Icon or Ambitious Seductress?
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03 April 2013Chopping up the Chiffonier! The Changing Taste for Victoriana
06 March 2013LECTURE CHANGE: Fine Art Forgery: Craftsmanship or Conjuring Trick?
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05 December 2012Five Centuries of Blue and White: an International History
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06 June 2012Klimpt and the Viennese Secession
02 May 2012The Exotic in English Architecture
04 April 2012A Certain Generosity of Spirit: The Art of David Hockney
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01 February 201219th Century British Marine Painting
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The Interiors of Jane Austen's Heroines Diana Lloyd Wednesday 04 October 2017

This lecture commemorates the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and is on the late Georgian interiors of her heroines. The formal drawing rooms at Mansfield Park, Barton Park, Rosings and Northanger Abbey will be compared with the numerous lesser Georgian drawing rooms in the country, London and Bath. The design of the table with the newspapers, the chairs by the fire and the sofa which can seat three, as well as the mantelpiece on which the Heroes lean will be imagined. The new dining room created by the Coles and the china and glass of 1814 will be contrasted with the Breakfast China of Norland park and Northanger Abbey coming from Staffordshire, as well as the new designs seen in London by General Tilney – in 1798 or when Northanger Abbey was revised in 1816. The possible wallpaper in Catherine’s bedroom at Northanger Abbey, the likely paper that Darcy would have chosen for his sister’s sitting room at Pemberley for the light, clearly Hepplewhite furniture that is mentioned, and Elinor’s choice for the parsonage on her marriage to Edward Ferrars.


Diana is a freelance lecturer in ceramic, glass and the history of interior decoration in Europe, North and South America. She lectures at the Inchbald School of Design, the Interior Design School and for American University Groups, NT and Antiques Societies and Christie's Education, and she guides groups through museum collections and country houses. She holds a Diploma with Distinction in the Fine and Decorative Arts from the Inchbald School of Design.