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Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration Of His Life & Wonderful Craftsmanship on the 300th Anniversary of his birth in Otley: with Ruth Martin

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 7:30 pm at Rawdon Community Library

Aireborough Civic Society is very pleased to welcome Ruth Martin to give an illustrated talk about Chippendale on 1st May. Clive Woods, Chair of Aireborough Civic Society said, “ He is arguably the most famous person ever to have come from our area and it is 300 years since his birth in nearby Otley. There are examples of his fine work at Harewood House, Newby Hall, Nostell Priory & Temple Newsam and this talk helps explain why his furniture is so exceptional and therefore valuable today.”

His furniture became famous nationally after he published a catalogue of his furniture styles in his ‘Directory’, one of the first catalogues. Ruth will explain why Chippendale was so important in the history of design. We will also hear about his life and how his business suffered from some of the aristocracy’s reluctance to pay their bills on time.

The talk is an excellent introduction to the current exhibition at Leeds City Museum.

Harewood House – Chippendale’s biggest commission.

Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museum’s curator of exhibitions said, “It’s likely that very few people know much about the man himself and how he rose from relatively humble beginnings in Leeds, honed his craft in London and worked tirelessly and innovatively to become a successful businessman as well as a mastercraftsman.”

Ruth Martin with the stunning Lady’s secretaire from Temple Newsam

Ruth, who is Exhibitions Curator at Leeds Museum, has organised the excellent free exhibition of Chippendale’s work at Leeds City Museum (top floor exhibition room) until June 9th. Highlights will include original drawings and documents and of course many examples of his fine furniture, some of which will be on public display for the first time.

Admission: ACS Members Free; Non-members £4.00*

* Annual membership £10 for 4 talks – join on the night.

Organised by Aireborough Civic Society

Rawdon Community Library is next to Rawdon Crossroads. Bus Services 33,33A, 747 & 757 stop nearby Telephone: 0113 3910440, email: