The Story of William Waldorf Astor: A Lecture by Curt DiCamillo

10/14/2017, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Included with museum admission/Free Brooks Membership. map



Decorative Arts Trust audiences first welcomed Curt DiCamillo for his lecture "Jewels Of Scandal and Desire" and later as he excited all with "Highclere: the True Story Behind Downton Abbey." He returns to Memphis and the Brooks with the story of one of the richest men in the world.

William Waldorf Astor whose passion for art and sculpture was fostered during his tenure as American Ambassador to Italy in 1882 was a far cry from the rough-and-tumble German butcher's son who immigrated to New York in 1783. Astor's great-grandfather founded the fortune that propelled his later descendant to create some of the world's finest houses, gardens and art collections. In this richly illustrated lecture, historian Curt DiCamillo will trace the extraordinary life of this enigmatic tycoon who became an English lord.

Curt DiCamillo is an architectural historian and authority on the British Country House and has written and lectured extensively on the subject. He served as the Executive Director of The National Trust of Scotland and currently works at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In recognition of his work, DiCamillo has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales.  His ability to bring to life extraordinary personages of the past make him a sought-after speaker and guest.

Images from DiCamillo's most recent publication Villa Astor: Paradise Restored on the Amalfi Coast will be included in the presentation. The book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.