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Drawing on Architecture: Somerset House

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Drawing on Architecture: Somerset House

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London

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A North facing photograph of Somerset House Courtyard.
  • Saturday 9 March 2019
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    10:45 am - 4:30 pm

    The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN


Read our blog post about the workshop.

Join art historian Francesca Herrick and artist Alexandra Blum for a one-day architectural history and drawing workshop exploring the architecture of Somerset House:

Learn about the design principles behind the most ambitious public building project of the 18th century. Why were architects obsessed with ancient Rome? Why did the project run massively over time and budget? What impact has Somerset House had on contemporary architecture?

Explore the grand spaces of Somerset House and the political ideas embodied in their decoration. We will be going behind-the-scenes to uncover social histories present in the different architectural layers, from stunning staircases to dark cellars.

Discover the Courtauld’s unique Conway Photographic Library collection and uncover rarely seen photographs and prints to trace the history of the Somerset House site back to Tudor times.

Collaborate with contemporary artist Alexandra Blum to find out how she uses drawing to explore London’s urban spaces and buildings. With exclusive access to the fascinating light wells in Somerset House, you’ll make drawings from direct observation of the surrounding layers of space and architecture. Plus, you’ll learn how to make movement through time and space visible in your drawings and experience how drawing can help you see more within the architecture you are surrounded by.

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