Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform 1760-1840

For organisational reasons, the conference planned to be held at Lambeth Palace Library in 2018 had to be postponed. It is now scheduled for 18-19 September 2019.

This conference is supported by an AHRC Networking Grant, ‘Architecture and Society in an Age of Reform, 1760-1840’. The University of Liverpool would also like to acknowledge the support of Lambeth Palace Library and the Georgian Group.


Keynote 1: Freek Schmidt: The architecture of benevolence. Patronage, State Sponsorship and the disciplining of the poor

Keynote 2: Shirine Hamadeh: Tastemaking, cultural capital, and Ottoman patronage in the eighteenth century

Keynote 3: Henriette Steiner: Fire, War, Destruction, and a Mad King – Early Nineteenth Century Copenhagen and the Emergence of a Modern City

Keynote 4: Richard Wittman: Ecclesiastical patrimony and the State in Rome around 1800


Patronage and architects’ careers

Sigrid de Jong: International interchanges between architect and patron,between London and Paris

Sydney Ayers: Robert Adam’s Scottish patrons and patronage networks, c.1760-1792

Megan Aldrich: Anglican patronage of a Quaker – Thomas Rickman

Female Patronage

Deniz Turker: Ottoman Queen Mothers of the Reform Era: Gender, Landscape and Visibility

Nandini Thilak: ‘The Unseen City: Women’s Intervention in the Urban Landscape of an Early Modern Indian City, Jodhpur

Anne Hultzsch: ‘a fit study for ladies’: John and Jane Loudon and the Female Patronage of Gardens and Buildings

Royal and State patronage

Sally Goodsir: George IV’s Royal Stabling

Tommaso Zerbi: Architectural Patronage at the Court of Savoy: The Return of the Middle Ages and the Quest for National Identity

Ludovica Cappelletti: Architectural patronage in the region of Lombardy at the turn of the century: Milan and Mantua during the Austrian and Napoleonic Governments

Ecclesiastical Patronage

Dubravka Botica: Implementation of Habsburg Monarchy by Church Building Acts in Croatian Territories

Christopher Webster – The endeavours of the Commissioners of the 1818 Church Building Act: Architectural Patronage or merely the provision of a facility?

Urban Patronage

Deniz Karakas: Changing Patronage Networks and Water Management in Ottoman Istanbul

David Worrall: The Expansion of English Provincial Theatre Buildings following the 1788 Theatrical Representation Act