The Aesthetic Movement - Design influences on Early Bedford Park House Interiors

An online talk hosted by the Bedford Park Society

The Aesthetic Movement - Design influences on Early Bedford Park House Interiors
Examples of designs of furniture used in Bedford Park

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The Bedford Park Society is planning a third online presentation by the v Nicholas Friend MA FRSA whose insights into Bedford Park have been described as both engaging and insightful.

Bedford Park pioneers of the 1870s and 80s were not wealthy, but typically liked to think of themselves as having good taste and a sense of the beautiful. In this final lecture of the current series which takes place on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm, Nicholas Friend explores what this might have meant, and the kind of decoration considered appropriate for the house of an artistically minded Bedford Park family at that time.

He looks at the designs of William Morris, Japanese furnishings, Liberty’s, the Aesthetic Movement, the Queen Anne movement, Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement, considering how these ideas and practices may have influenced Bedford Park pioneers, and how these sources may still be useful in furnishing a Bedford Park house today.

Nicholas was Founder-Director of the Cambridge University Art History Summer School for 25 years. Since 1986 he has also been Founder-Director of Inscape, the art history study tour society, which has taken its members into the active study of buildings and art galleries all over the world.

A range of influences were at work including that of William Morris
A range of influences were at work including that of William Morris

The talk including questions will last approximately one hour.

Tickets are £10 (plus booking fee) available from TicketSource.

You will receive confirmation of the arrangements for watching the talk (via Zoom) when you reserve your ticket. To read Nicholas Friend’s biography, see

This is an open event and everyone is welcome to buy tickets.

For further information about the Society email: or check its website.

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March 6, 2022

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