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Fonthill Recovered - a talk and a book launch

Summary: At Messums Wiltshire

Date: May 18, 2018 18:30:00

On Friday 18 May, Caroline Dakers, Professor of Cultural History at Central Saint Martins (University of Arts London), will be launching her new book Fonthill Recovered – A Cultural History at Messums Wiltshire, where she will be discussing the legacy of William Beckford’s estate. Messums Wiltshire was once owned by Beckford as part of the Fonthill Estate.

Situated less than a mile away from the gallery, the writer and collector William Beckford built his Gothic fantasy house Fonthill Abbey at the end of the 18th Century. The collapse of the Abbey’s tower in 1825 transformed the name Fonthill into a symbol for overarching ambition and folly.  However, Beckford’s Abbey is only one of several important houses to be built on the estate since the early 16th century.

Caroline’s recent books include a new edition of Forever England (2016). She has also curated exhibitions at Leighton House Museum, London, such as George Aitchison: Leighton’s Architect Revealed (2012) and Artists at Home: The Holland Park Circle (1999-2000).

Messums Wiltshire is at Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6LW.

For more information, email: info@messumswiltshire.com; tel: 01747 445042.

Tickets, which cost £10, can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-book-launch-with-author-professor-caroline-dakers-fonthill-recovered-a-cultural-history-tickets-43544534876