Skip to Content
< back to Calendar

Stone Hall at Houghton Hall. Photo by James Merrell.

William Kent: Designing for the Grand Tour Taste

Friday, Aug 01, 2014
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Julius Bryant, keeper of word and image, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

William Kent (1685–1748), the designer of Houghton Hall, led the world of art and design in Britain in the early-to-mid-18th century, much to the frustration of rival artists. Why was he so influential and controversial in creating a new style for the Georgian age? Learn more about Kent’s accomplishments—in painting, book illustration, interiors for great houses, furniture, sculpture, silver, architecture, costume, and even designing a royal barge—and explore the ambitions of the era that shaped his success.

A reception to meet the speaker follows the lecture. Guests may also enjoy the exhibition Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House until 8 p.m. and join in a Your Turn to Speak Tour.

$5 MFAH members
$20 Nonmembers
Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

More Houghton Hall Summer Lecture Topics
Friday, July 11, 6 p.m. “The Pictures That Got Away: The Great Old Master Paintings That Sir Robert Walpole’s Grandson Sold to Catherine the Great”
Friday, July 18, 6 p.m. “A Splendid Legacy: Generations of Collecting at Houghton Hall”
Friday, July 25, 6 p.m. “John Singer Sargent and the Sassoons: The Story of an Artist and His Patrons”

The Houghton Hall Summer Lectures receive generous funding from the Houston Antiques Dealers Association Endowment.