Oscar Wilde, the Inspiration for The Decoration of Houses?

August 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Stable at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
$10 general; free for Mount members

In 1882, Wilde embarked on his famous Lecture Tour of North America.  During his tour Wilde gave more than 200 lectures across the country and among the most popular had the titles “The House Beautiful” and “The Decorative Arts.”  Wilde’s tour impacted many people including Edith Wharton.  This talk will examine some of Wilde’s ideas and how they may have found later manifestations in The  Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr.

Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia. His specialty is the architecture, design and art of the 18th to the 20th century both in America and abroad. A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also published widely with many articles and reviews to his credit. He is the author or joint author of 16 books including Edith Wharton at Home: Life at The Mount, which was published in 2012.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email, info@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.