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Guest Speakers Will Include:
”Lutyens and The Last Country Houses”

Michael Diaz-Griffith is the Associate Executive Director of The Winter Show. Diaz-Griffith will discuss the work of famed British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). Lutyens, best known for the garden bench bearing his name, is one of the the most celebrated British architects of the twentieth century, with works spanning the globe including the design for the new British capital of New Delhi. Diaz-Griffith will discuss Lutyens’s country houses in the context of rapidly changing times, from the Victorian Age to the 1930s, exploring the social forces and aesthetic decisions that shaped the last grand residences of the pre-war era.
Mount Stuart

John, Earl of Dumfries, will be discussing the role of a “next-gem” heirs to British country estates. John is the son of the 7th Marquess of Bute, commonly known as Johnny Bute. The Bute family have been in possession of their estate since 1157 when granted the office “Steward of Bute”. The previous Georgian country houses on the estate burned in 1877 and was replaced by the current extravagant mansion design by Robert Rowand Anderson and the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The Bute family are also historically associated with Cardiff Castle, Dumfries House, Bute House and Rothesay Castle.
Executive Director,
Planting Fields Foundation
Coe Hall

Henry Joyce will provide an overview of Coe Hall, and the Coe family. Coe Hall is emblematic of a growing Anglophile trend among America’s upper class in the first part of the 20th century. Coe Hall is typical of many ‘manor houses’ built by affluent industrial families who sought to evoke a sense of aristocracy among themselves so closely associated with Britain in the American imagination.
To Marry An English Lord

Carol Wallace is a New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery . First published in 1989, To Marry An English Lord chronicles the American heiresses who crossed the pond in an approximately forty year “cash for class” period in which American money helped to bolster many of Britain’s greatest country estates. The book has often been cited as an inspiration for Downton Abbey and has seen a resurgence in popularity as many take a closer look at this unique period in country house history.
Artist and Author
The Lost House Revisited

Ed Kluz is an artist, illustrator and printmaker. His work explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the re-imagining of historic landscapes, buildings and objects. Kluz will present a selection of country houses from his recent book The Lost House Revisited . The book explores the stories of many of Britain’s most iconic and extravagant country houses through Kluz’s atmospheric artwork.
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