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Architectural sketch of Highclere Castle

Twilight Talk “Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and Victorian Domestic Architecture”

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions

Rienzi opens the doors at twilight! Treat yourself to an engaging lecture, an open house tour of the collection, and social time over wine and bites.

This evening, enjoy a discussion about the castle that provides the setting for Downton Abbey, the hit PBS TV series that offers a compelling view of life in an English country house in the early 20th century. When you see the exterior of the great house, or the interior rooms "above stairs," you are really looking at Highclere Castle, home of the Earls of Carnarvon since 1679. Although Highclere may appear to date from that era, the building was designed in the late 1830s by Victorian architect Sir Charles Barry, most famous for his work on the Houses of Parliament, a triumph of the neo-Gothic style.

Admission is $12 for MFAH Members and $15 for nonmembers. Reception included.
Reservations are required: call 713.639.7800 or click "Buy Tickets" above.

About the Speaker
Thad Logan has taught for more than 20 years in the English Department at Rice University. She received a PhD from Rice in 1981 and an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2007. She is author of The Victorian Parlour: A Cultural Study (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and of numerous articles and papers on Victorian culture and domestic interiors. In 2009, she was awarded a Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies by the Delaware Art Museum and the University of Delaware; her current research project, Rosetti's Things, investigates material culture in the life and art of Dante Gabriel Rosetti.