Book tickets
  • 26 October 2018
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Paul Mellon Centre

This talk will give a background to George Bubb Dodington and his villa and the circumstances of its rebuilding and interior decoration in the 1740s and 50s. Our focus is the reconstruction of a tripartite Doric garden pavilion commissioned for the gardens by Dodington from Robert Adam in 1761-2. This was partially built but is now lost; 9 drawings for the pavilion are in Sir John Soane’s Museum. We will present a digital reconstruction of the structure created directly from the information in those drawings and discuss aspects of the design which reveal this pavilion to be unique in the Adam oeuvre.

About the speakers

  • Clare Hornsby headshot

    Clare was formerly assistant director at the British School at Rome and a research fellow at the PMC. Her work has focussed on the Grand Tour and the antiquities market in the 18th century between Rome and London. She is currently contributing to the PMC Collection and Display: The British Country House project writing on the architecture and drawings at West Wycombe Park.

  • Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez

    Rodolfo Acevedo Rodrigues is an architect, having concluded his education at University College London in 2014. He has practiced at the offices of David Chipperfield, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, and is presently reading for a Masters in Building History at the University of Cambridge.

    Rodolfo has been shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Bronze Medal (2011) and has received the RIBA Oxford Prize (2009), the Fitzroy Robinson Drawing Prize (2014), the Bartlett School of Architecture Medal m(2014), the Bartlett Travel Award (2014), a Leverhulme Trust Bursary (2013-14), the Building History Bursary (2015), the Kettle Yard’s Travel Award (2015), the Deborah Roslund Prize (2016), the Clifford Chance Prize (2016) and the Ashmolean Museum/Vivien Leigh Bequest Prize (2016). He was elected member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2015 and is serving as Exhibitions Co-Ordinator on the RE Council (2015-).

    Rodolfo is devoted to the study of medieval gatehouses in England and his research is focused on the history, architecture and archaeology of the gatehouse at Thornton Abbey. He has contributed to research at English Heritage and Church of England and is currently engaged on a three-year project at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.