8 Nov 2013 – 11 Mar 2014
Celebrating 300 years of Hanoverian rule, an exhibition that reveals just how much the Georgians contributed to our society.
They were mad, sometimes bad and also German, yet the reign of the Georgians had a decisive impact on British society. They had taste, loved the theatre, enjoyed luxury, and were instrumental in setting up many of England’s finest pleasure gardens.
This exhibition examines the key players in Georgian England and how the Georgian’s appetite for new and exotic objects drove the rise in trade and industry. It features the architect Robert Adam, who devised some of the most elegant squares in London and the theorist Edmund Burke, whose philosophical enquiries into the sublime sparked the Romantic movement in Britain.
From catalogues of exquisite marquetry by the furniture maker Thomas Chippendale to the memoirs of the notorious society hostess Elizabeth Chudleigh, famed for her semi-naked appearance at a masquerade ball, there are plenty of enlightened treasures in this exhibition, not to mention portraits of the corporeal Georges.