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James Wyatt-Charlatan or Genius Christopher Rogers Monday 19 February 2018

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James Wyatt succeeded Robert Adam as the most celebrated neo-classical architect of the late 18th century; his fame being made with the spectacular Oxford Street Pantheon. He was a prolific architect working in both the classical and flamboyant gothic style.  Much admired by King George III, Wyatt  was appointed Surveyor General of the Office of Works in 1796. He is also associated with controversial restoration work at three English  cathedrals, notably Salisbury. His nemesis was Fonthill Abbey, the most extravagant house he ever built; the tower of which collapsed in 1825.  This lecture looks at the rise and fall of this prolific architect.   Was he a genius, or with this wisdom of hindsight, was he a charlatan? The jury is still out!

Christopher Rogers read Geography at Oxford. Formerly head of Geography at Downe House School, Newbury. Whilst at Oxford he became interested in country house architecture and has lectured on the subject ever since. He holds regular 5 day Summer School courses at Marlborough College Summer School and also lectures for the National Trust.