Burlington House and the history of the Royal Academy of Arts

Stephen Richardson

Wednesday 16th May 2018

This talk focuses on Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly: its early history from construction in the 1660s; re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion under Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as Sebastiano Ricci and William Kent; further re-development under the Cavendish family during the Regency period and its occupancy by the Royal Academy since 1868. The talk also examines the founding of the Royal Academy in 1768 and the Academy’s own early history. 

An art historian with a particular interest in the art and architecture of the Georgian period. Holds a Masters Degree in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from UCL and has published a number of articles on country house visiting, which is a favourite pastime. Has lectured extensively for organisations such as WI, U3A, WEA, Probus and The National Trust, and has experience as a cruise lecturer for Silversea Cruises. For 2016 he has been invited by ADFAS to undertake a lecture tour of Australia. He is a guide at both the Royal Academy of Arts and at the V&A, where he describes himself as a 'creature' of the British Galleries.