Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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08 June 2017Study Day at Penicuik House
22 May 2017Society Tour of Lincolnshire: Monday 22-Friday 26 May 2017
19 May 2017Walking Tours of the New Town Gardens
16 May 2017Walking Tours of the New Town Gardens
11 May 2017Walking Tours of the New Town Gardens
05 April 2017Broomhall Visit
21 February 2017Annual Society Lecture
21 February 2017Visit to Nomads Tent
17 January 2017Visit to Hamilton and Inches
05 December 2016Festive Event at Lyon & Turnbull Auction House
24 November 2016Visit to the City of Edinburgh Museum Collection
22 November 2016Visit to the City of Edinburgh Museums Collection
26 October 2016The New European Art and Design Galleries
06 October 2016Private Visit to Dalmeny House, South Queensferry
23 June 2016Midsummer Cocktail Party
24 May 2016Walking Tours of Royal Mile Gardens
16 May 20162016 Society Five day Tour to the West Midlands
03 May 2016Walking Tours of Royal Mile Gardens
21 April 2016The Library of Innerpeffray and Megginch Castle & Gardens
15 March 2016The Society Lecture - Patrick Geddes
17 February 2016The Scottish National Gallery Print Room
21 January 2016Visit to the Edinburgh Mosque

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Study Day at Penicuik House
Thursday 08 June 2017

The Clerks of Penicuik are a remarkable family.  For two hundred years they occupied a central place in the cultural history and intellectual life of Scotland.  Leaders of artistic taste and patronage, prominent in the sciences from medicine to geology, they made significant contributions to all the art forms as well as to politics and agriculture. They have lived at Penicuik since the 1650s but in 1899 the majestic Palladian mansion designed by James Clerk, the 3rd Baronet in 1765, was gutted by fire and the nearby stable block, also built by Sir James, was converted to become the new family home.  Many of the fittings of the old House survive in the new and the furniture, pictures and works of art remain as links with the great age of Scottish culture in the 18th century.

Following our popular visit in June 2015, Sir Robert and Lady Clerk have very kindly agreed to host a similar Study Day at Penicuik when Sir Robert and Lady Clerk, conservation architect James Simpson and furniture historian Sebastian Pryke will conduct tours of the new House and the recently restored ruin of the original House, which stands in one of Scotland’s greatest designed landscape parks. Dr. Iain Gordon Brown, a founding Trustee of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust, will talk about the Clerk Family and their association with The Scottish Enlightenment.

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