Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform, 1760-1840

Date / time: 18 September - 19 September, All day

Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform, 1760-1840

The years around 1800 saw the nature of architectural patronage change as new or non-traditional groups began to commission buildings, as new building types emerged to meet new needs and as new methods of commissioning and constructing buildings were practised. All this coincided with the emergence of the architectural profession and an architectural press. This conference aims to explore these issues in a global context, seeking to identify commonalities and differences across international boundaries.


Shirine Hamadeh (Koç University, Istanbul): Tastemaking, Cultural Capital, and Ottoman patronage in the 18th century

Freek Schmidt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): The Architecture of Benevolence. Patronage, State Sponsorship and the Disciplining of the Poor

Henriette Steiner (University of Copenhagen): Fire, War, Destruction, and a Mad King – Early 19th-Century Copenhagen and the Emergence of a Modern City

Richard Wittman (University of California, Santa Barbara): Ecclesiastical Patrimony and the State in Rome around 1800

The conference is part of a University of Liverpool AHRC-funded network project ‘Architecture and Society in an Age of Reform, 1760-1840’, in partnership with Lambeth Palace Library and The Georgian Group. It will be held in the Great Hall of Lambeth Palace, where Lambeth Palace Library will display items from their holdings relevant to the themes of the conference. On 18th September, this exhibition and a lecture entitled ‘Thomas Rickman, a Quaker Architect and the Anglicans’ by Dr Megan Aldrich, followed by a wine reception, will also be open to non-conference delegates (from 5pm).

Location: Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU