July 19, 2023

The Analysis of the Paint at Stowe House: The Drawing Room, Dining Room and Music Room

The Analysis of the Paint at Stowe House: The Drawing Room, Dining Room and Music Room

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 – 1pm – 2pm EDT

Via Zoom – A link will be sent prior to the event

$5.00 for ICAA Members

$10.00 for non-ICAA Members

Submitted for AIA CES Approval

Patrick Baty, Britain’s premier historic paint specialist will discuss his work at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, England. Patrick researched decorative schemes of the house and in this talk he will focus on the paint analysis process and techniques he used in some of the interior rooms in order to form an idea of how the rooms might have looked at an earlier time.  He will explain why these processes are important in the restoration of historic homes.

Stowe House is one of the most important stately homes in the United Kingdom.  The largest and grandest, it is set in 400 acres of landscape.  It was acquired by the Stowe Family in 1593 and in 1677 Sir Richard Temple commissioned the first house.  Some of Britain’s most famous architects and garden designers executed owners visions through the centuries;  William Kent, Sir John Vanbrugh, Thomas Pitt and James Gibbs and Lancelot Brown name a few.  There have been many notable visitors to Stowe including John Adams, the future second President of the United States who visited Stowe in April 1786 while on tour with Thomas Jefferson.  Stowe has had an interesting history and in 1992 it became a school which continues today.

The National Trust was given the grounds in 1989 by the school and the Stowe House Preservation Trust was established in 1997.  The Neoclassical palace was on English Heritage’s list of buildings at risk and on the World Monuments Fund list (2002) for the 100 most endangered sites of significance worldwide.

In May 2001, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales honored Stowe House with a visit and expressed approval for ‘restoring what is certainly one of Britain’s finest 18th century houses and conserving it in perpetuity for the benefit, not only of this nation, but for all lovers of civilization, taste, fine architecture and the English landscape. The restoration of the house is now complete and Patrick will share some of his research and take us through his role as paint consultant in collaboration with many other professionals for the restoration of this historic treasure.

Today, the house, while still being a school is open to the public, along with the grounds which are managed by the National Trust.

Patrick presented to the ICAA last year the lecture on the use of color ca. 1700-1820.  We welcome him back to the ICAA.

Recommended reading: STOWE HOUSE: Saving an Architectural Masterpiece by Nick Morris, 2018.

For more information, contact Terry Sullivan at terry@terrysllivaninteriors.com or 212-203-5946.