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Speed, Style & The English Country House Estates

  |   March 6, 2014  |  Comment

The Jay Heritage Center, Rye, NY — Sunday March 9 — Step back in time and immerse yourself in the intoxicating sphere of British horse, auto and airplane racing of the early 1900s for an afternoon.

Fast living surrounded by bright young things – that’s the image we have today of the Interwar Years, when, between 1919 and 1939, fast cars and fast horses and an abundance of glamour and glitter was the order of the day for England’s upper classes.

However, there is much more to the story. This lecture by Architectural Historian Curt DiCamillo will go back hundreds of years, beginning in the 17th century, when the turf ruled the aristocratic taste for racing and horses were de rigueur for the fast set. Learn about Goodwood House in Sussex, home of the Glorious Goodwood festival (Thoroughbred horse racing), one of the highlights of the English social season, and Higham Park in Kent, one of the first centers of auto racing in the early 20th century.

Stories of lions, murder, and movies, all mixed carefully with soaring ambition and stunning houses filled with sublime art comes together to reveal fantastic stories that have left a mystique for us to marvel at today. From James Bond’s ancestry to the Flying Duchess – it’s a world that would be recognized by Charles II and Evelyn Waugh.
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Architectural Historian Curt DiCamillo brings years of insight to his presentation through his expertise as Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland and work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and an alumnus of the Royal Collection Studies Program and the Attingham Summer School for the Study of Country Houses. In addition he is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and a Trustee of Boston’s Nichols House Museum.

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