A Graphic Discovery of the English Country House

A Viewing in the Met’s Drawings and Prints Department, led by Associate Curator Femke Speelberg ’19
Friday, January 24, 2020
2:00-3:00 p.m. (Session 1) – Sold out, waitlist only
3:30-4:30 p.m. (Session 2) – Sold out, waitlist only
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Alongside the collection of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts (set to reopen their British galleries in 2020), the Met’s department of Drawings and Prints houses many works on paper that relate to the design, furnishing and celebration of the English country house. In addition to the famous collection of Chippendale drawings, the holdings include numerous works by William Chambers, Robert Adam and the firm of John Gregory and John Dibblee Crace, as well as many unique designs for interiors, decorative art objects and gardens for notable houses such as Houghton Hall, Stowe and Harewood. On the occasion of the Mid-Winter Reunion of the American Friends of Attingham, and the start of Old Master’s Week in New York City on Friday January 24, Associate Curator Femke Speelberg ’19 will lead two sessions in the Drawings and Prints Study Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take a closer look at a selection of these British treasures.

Registration: Please contact or call (212) 682-6840 for availability. Free with museum admission. (Museum admission information can be found here.)

The meeting location for the Study Sessions will be distributed closer to date to those who have registered.

Image: Design for fireplace at Harewood House by Robert Adam, ca. 1796, full information here

Mid-Winter Reunion at the Winter Antiques Show

Friday, January 24, 2020
6:00-8:00 p.m.
$40 per person
Park Avenue Armory – 643 Park Avenue (at E. 66th Street)

Once again, we are privileged that The Winter Show has invited the American Friends of Attingham to host the annual Mid-Winter Reunion during the Show’s Museum Night on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory. The Reunion will be held in the historic Board of Officers Room. We are delighted that Annabel Westman, the Executive Director of The Attingham Trust, will be joining us for this festive occasion! The evening will include a reception with friends and access to the main Winter Show floor. Museum Night ends at 8:00 p.m.

Registration: Individual tickets are $40 per person (+ processing fee if purchased online). Registration ends January 22, 2020. Register online through Eventbrite or RVSP by email  to (or call 212-682-6840) and send a check, payable to American Friends of Attingham, to 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016.

With special thanks to The Winter Show for hosting the 2020 Mid-Winter Reunion!

Exhibition Tour of Making Marvels at The Met

Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 a.m. – Sold out, waitlist only
$25 per person
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Dr. Wolfram Koeppe ’95, RCS ’99, the Marina Kellen French Senior Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, will lead AFA on a special tour of his current exhibition Making Marvels: Science & Splendor at the Courts of Europe, on view at the Met through March 1st. Making Marvels is the first exhibition in North America to highlight the important conjunction of art, science, and technology with entertainment and display that was essential to court culture. The exhibition features approximately 170 objects, including silver furniture from the Esterházy Treasury and the largest flawless natural green diamond in the world, weighing 41 carats and in its original 18th-century setting. More exhibition information can be found here. Space is limited, please see registration information below.

Registration: Please contact or call (212) 682-6840 for availability. $25 per person.

Image: Celestial globe with clockwork, by Gerhard Emmoser, 1579, full information here

We look forward to seeing you in January!