Augustus Welby Pugin and the Gothic Revival

Speaker: Megan Aldrich

Tue, 5 Jan 2021

About the lecture:

Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-52) was one of the most important figures in the Gothic Revival of the nineteenth century.  He was an architect, a theorist, and above all a talented designer of decorative art, being a ground-breaking advocate for flat patterns and bold colouring.  This lecture will evaluate Pugin’s contribution to nineteenth-century gothic architecture and design as well as exploring the activities of the house decorating partnership he formed with John Gregory Crace (1809-89) in 1844.  The two men, in collaboration with the Pugin team, went on to execute the interiors of the Palace of Westminster and the Medieval Court of the Great Exhibition in 1851.

It may be noted that the Catholic Church in Henley has Pugin reredos and stained glass windows.
Details can be found at: https://www.sacredhearthenley.co.uk/page/?title=Heritage+Page&pid=22 

Our lecturer: Megan Aldrich

Megan Aldrich began her career in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the 1980s before joining Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, where she was Academic Director from 2009-14.   She is currently an adjunct professor of architectural and design history at Richmond the American International University and a part-time tutor in the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.  She is Hon. Editorial Secretary of the Furniture History Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and has published many books and articles over the years.