Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed
- Royal Academy of Arts |
- 10 March – 10 June 2012
- Reduced price entry with National Art Pass.
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Scenes of the great and good of Georgian England and its empire from the wry 18th-century German artist.
Johan Zoffany made his fortune in England and India painting society figures, from aristocrats to actors and connoisseurs and the middle classes. His enjoyment of life and sense of humour is evident in his meticulously observed portraits and charming conversation pieces. This show, which comes to the Royal Academy from its first outing at the Yale Center for British Art in the USA, includes several works that have not been seen in public before.
What the critics say
Examining these manuscripts also affords an irresistible sense of proximity to a great mind.
This is an exhibition for surgeons and historians of medicine as much as it is for connoisseurs and historians of art.
If you like a properly made frock and hanker, even just a little, for the days when a big night out meant long, silk gloves and a Dubonnet rather than T-shirts and cheap vodka, it will have you swooning with delight.
The show displays a vast array of specially made designs for social events like debutante balls, royal state occasions and red carpet events spanning 60 years.