Saturday January 23, 2021

Stephen is an art historian, Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and tour guide based in both London and Shropshire on the Welsh borders.  He has a particular interest in British art and architecture of the Georgian period, the subject of a number of his talks.

He has a Masters Degree in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, then administered by University College London and based at the Wallace Collection.

He has published a number of articles on country house visiting, which is a favourite pastime.

He is also a guide at both the Royal Academy of Arts and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where he describes himself as a creature of the British Galleries.

Stephen is driven by a desire to bring clarity to the subject of art history often clouded by academic jargon and the absence of historical context.  Just why is that vase decorated the way it is? And what is the difference between Palladianism and Neo-classicism?

His MA thesis, entitled Peer, Politician & Plenipotentiary, is a monograph on Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond as a patron of French art.

Stephen's articles on the country houses of southern England, include: Goodwood, Petworth, Parham, Uppark, and Hatchlands Park.  He was until recently a resident of the beautiful South Downs National Park where a number of these properties are located.
  Today Stephen divides his time between London and the equally delightful Shropshire Hills.

Stephen is available as a lecturer, cruise speaker, tour guide and for television
and media engagements.