Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica


The Tharp Estates in Jamaica

The FGSJ is pleased to present an extensive study of the history of the estates of John Tharp of Jamaica. Originally produced between 1958 and 1960, the author, Alan Furness, CMG, has recently updated his work, and kindly allowed us to publish it here.


Architecture in Jamaica

Melissa York writes in the 22 February issue of the CityAM Living magazine supplement about a recent visit to Jamaica.


II Treez in a Forest, Ebony G. Patterson, 2013, watercolor, glitter, fabric, and mixed-media on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago © Ebony Patterson, 2013. Private Collection.

Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora

The RWA presents a landmark exhibition of Jamaican visual art - the first major exhibition of its kind ever to be held in the UK, co-curated on behalf of the RWA by Kat Anderson and Graeme Mortimer Evelyn. Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol from 25 June – 11 September 2016


Talks at Dr Johnson's House

'Silver padlocks for Blacks or Dogs; collars, etc: Lapdogs, black servants and slavery in the 18th century' and 'Slave and Master: Breaking the Chains'


Spanish Town Heritage Trail

Good news for Spanish Town as a new project to restore the historic Georgian buildings around Emancipation Square is launched.


Geoffrey Lewis deSola Pinto - Wedding Photograph

Geoffrey Lewis deSola Pinto - Obituary

FGSJ members and supporters were greatly saddened by news of Geoffrey Pinto's death on 16 September last year. FGSJ Chairman, Peregrine Bryant, notes that he was a remarkable man, whom he first met at the Vernacular Architecture Forum in Falmouth in 2011. Peregrine was immediately struck, not only by his knowledge and continuing enthusiasm for Jamaica's heritage, but also his enormous charm and openness. It is sad that the Government waited too long before awarding him its Order of Distinction, so very well deserved, but at least, at the last, they did so. In this article, Peregrine Bryant offers a touching portrait of an extraordinary man, drawing on the eulogy which Geoffrey’s daughter Kathryn gave at his funeral.


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