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Tea and Crumpets: English Design from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria

Fifty and Better Winter Session

Tea and Crumpets: English Design from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria

The increasing wealth in Europe following the Renaissance and exploration of the New World was reflected in the sumptuous furniture, interiors and decorative arts of English palaces and country homes. This course will focus on the popular styles and design influences during the reigns of Henry VIII through Queen Victoria, including Tudor, Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian styles. The extraordinary influence of designers and craftsmen such as Robert Adam, Thomas Chippendale and Thomas Hope will be discussed, as well as the social and political influences upon their designs. Construction techniques and types of materials including fabrics, woods and decorative elements will also be discussed.

Eleanor Schrader, MA, is an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author. She lectures worldwide on art and architectural history, and leads art and architecture tours throughout the world.  She has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture, interior design, furniture, and decorative arts. Schrader is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York.  She has served as a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Lautner Foundation.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older.


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