REMINDER: Royal Oak Foundation's October 15 lecture

Our sister chapter, JASNA-NY is honored and excited to co-sponsor the Royal Oak Foundation's October 15 lecture, "I Ask Only a Comfortable Home -- Jane Austen and Regency Domestic Interiors."

Space is limited and tickets are selling fast. JASNA-NY's special member price of $30 includes a lovely post-lecture reception. If you plan to attend, you can order your tickets from the Royal Oak Foundation (see below).

'I Ask Only a Comfortable Home': Jane Austen and Regency Domestic Interiors. A Lecture by Lisa White, Director, Attingham Summer School for the Study of Historic Houses, England

Jane Austen's novels contain very few actual descriptions of domestic interiors, but there is much in those books that informed the author's own generation, and informs ours now, about her attitude to contemporary ideas of 'the ideal home.' Frequently without a permanent home in her own life, Austen appreciated the concept of a happy, settled, comfortable family existence in a country house, easy social exchange with kind neighbors, sufficient income and freedom from insecurity, even at the cost of an embarrassing husband: hence the words she put into Charlotte Lucas's mouth in Pride and Prejudice (1813). Indeed, at the time that Jane Austen was writing, during a lengthy period of war, ideas about domestic comfort, and the concept of 'home' were achieving a new significance in Britain. In this lecture, Lisa White explores these ideas through contemporary writing, multitudinous furnishing pattern books and the visual record of English houses during the Regency period.

Time: 6 PM.
Location: Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium (Colonial Dames),
417 East 61st Street (between First and York)
Cost: $30 for members of JASNA-NY & the Royal Oak Foundation
$35 for non-members

Register with the Royal Oak Foundation in the following manner:
Identify yourself as a member of JASNA-NY to receive the lower price.
ONLINE: or email:

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