9 November 2009
At the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS
Sir William Chambers' Somerset House. Photo © Samnooshka Designs (www.samnooshka.com)
As a young man, Sir William Chambers RA travelled to China as a servant of the Swedish East India Company before discovering his vocation for architecture. He combined classical discipline with first-hand knowledge of chinoiserie, designing delightful pagodas and pavilions for the Royal Family at Kew and the austerely magnificent Somerset House. Professor David Watkin presents the work of this remarkable architect and founding member and first Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Arts.
6.30–8 pm; £12/£6 reductions (includes a drink)
This series is an opportunity to revisit episodes in the story of The Architects Who Made London with architect and broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson.
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