Gardens and Places of Pleasure in Shakespeare's London

Date / Time:
05.09.17   /  19:00 - 22:00

Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft

Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf (Schloss Jägerhof)


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Dr. Paula Henderson

”Gardens and Places of Pleasure in Shakespeare’s London“

Tuesday September 5 th 2017 at 7 pm

William Shakespeare lived in London during the decades before and after the turn of the 17th century, a ‘golden age’ for the city. While London had become overcrowded, increasingly squalid and plague-ridden, it was also the epicentre of wealth, opportunity and fashion. Courtiers and aristocrats, aware of the benefits of royal patronage and the amusements of the metropolis, acquired grand mansions, which they complemented with fine gardens and orchards. Although very little survives, we can create a vivid picture of the ‘flower of Cities all’ by analysing the earliest maps of the city, portraiture, decorative arts and costume, architecture and finally the larger urban landscape.

Paula Henderson is a lecturer and writer on British architecture and garden history. She has degrees in art history (University of Wisconsin, B.A.; University of Chicago, M.A.) and a Ph.D. in architectural history from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London). She has studied the decorative arts (The Study Centre for the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts, London) and is fluent in Italian, having obtained medio and superior diplomas from L’Universita per Stranieri, Perugia.

Her first book, The Tudor House and Garden: architecture and landscape in the 16th and early 17th centuries (published by Yale University Press), won the prestigious Berger Prize for the outstanding contribution to the history of British art for 2005. Since then she has published numerous books and essays on the history and design of gardens. She is also a frequent reviewer of books.

Paula has appeared on (and advised) several BBC television programmes on historic gardens.She regularly organizes co urses and study trips for the Courtauld Institute of Art and will do private visits on request. She has also lectured for many major London museums and academic institutions in Britain and the United States. With Dr Claire Gapper, Paula organizes the most important annual conference on 16thand 17th- century British architecture, held each January at the Society of Antiquaries in

Work in progress includes books on Shakespeare’s London; on hunting lodges; and Landscape as Art.
Paula is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Research Fellow of the Nantucket Historical Association.


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