To celebrate the launch of William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, 22 March – 13 July 2014, explore a selection of Georgian objects in our collections.
Captain Thomas Read by Kauffman, Angelica 1780 "This painting portrayed Captain Thomas Read (1762-1837) the twin brother of Sir John Read, 6th Bart. of Skipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire." Captain Thomas, John Reading, Reading 1762 1837, Angelica Kauffmann, Thomas Reading, Angelica 1780, Art Collection, 6Th Bart, Oil Painting
Captain Thomas Read, 1780, Kauffman, Angelica, Oil on canvas. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch.
Vase with Flowers (chimney board), about 1720, Oil on pine panel. Supported by the Friends of the V&A.
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Miss Harriet and Miss Elizabeth Binney, Smart, John, Watercolour on card. Given by Miss Joan Gwladis Trevor, a descendant of Harriet Binney. V&A Collection Dear Cassandra, Portraits Miniatures, Regency Fashion, Jane Austen, Regency Empire, Miniatures Portraits, Austen Letters, Elizabeth Binney, John Smart
Miss Harriet and Miss Elizabeth Binney, Smart, John, Watercolour on card. Given by Miss Joan Gwladis Trevor, a descendant of Harriet Binney
An unknown young woman, Knight, Mary Ann, 1800, Watercolour on ivory. Purchased from the funds of the R. H. Stephenson Bequest
Folding chair, 1780, Mahogany, with cane seat and iron fittings. Given by Mr and Mrs H. R. Marshall.
1740-1770 British Washstand at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Basin stands such as this one were used in bedrooms. The circular rim supported a basin for washing and the round box and cover underneath contained the soap (which was usually round). There are two drawers for toilet accessories. A water jug stood on the lower triangular shelf." Water, Soaps, Toilets Accessories, Furniture Dreams, Antiques Furniture, Washstand, Round Boxes, Drawers, Georgian Furniture
Washstand | V&A Search the Collections
Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Voltaire's Orestes, Cotes, Samuel, 1769, Watercolour on ivory. Purchased with funds from the Graham Robertson Gift and the R. H. Stephenson Bequest Arty Ideas, Portraits Miniatures, Anne Yates, Georgian Britain, Museums Numbers, Interesting Georgian, Mary Anne, Georgian Stuff, Graham Robertson
Mary Ann Yates as Electra in Voltaire's Orestes, Cotes, Samuel, 1769, Watercolour on ivory. Purchased with funds from the Graham Robertson Gift and the R. H. Stephenson Bequest
Exercise chair, made 1790 - 1820, Mahogany, with horsehair and leather upholstery. Bequeathed by Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons FSA.
Exercise chair | V&A Search the Collections
A young man of the Maynard family, George Romney, late 18th century, Oil on canvas. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch
Shellwork was particularly popular with middle- and upper-class ladies of fashion, who could afford the often expensive materials. They also had the leisure time to devote to such artistic pursuits, developing the skills required to make complex ornaments, to decorate fernery grottoes attached to the house and small domestic objects, such as boxes, tea caddies and tables. This shell collection was most likely formed in about 1800 by an amateur practitioner of shell-work. Pine Based, Mahogany Boxes, Delectable Collection, Small Boxes, Museums Numbers, Lifting Outs Trays, Pine Boxes, Trays Holding, Shells Collector
Box of shells, about 1800, Mahogany and pine box with pine trays holding cardboard and glass boxes containing shells and wire. Given in memory of Mrs Joan Griffith.
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Tea caddy, 1780-1800, Wood with painted decoration and metal handle. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq.
Gainsborough Dupont, Gainsborough, Thomas (RA), about 1775, Water-colour and chalk, varnished. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch
An unknown young man, Ramsay, Allan, 18th century, Oil on canvas. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch.
An unknown young man | Ramsay, Allan | V&A Search the Collections
Mrs. Garrick, Rad, Katherine (Catherine Read), about 1755, Pastel. Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe.
The Painter's Wife, Cotes, Francis, late 18th century, Slightly washed in Indian ink and tinted. Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce.
The Painter's Wife | Cotes, Francis | V&A Search the Collections
Serena | Smith, John Raphael | V&A Search the Collections
The Dilettanti Society, Charles Turner, early 19th century, Mezzotint on paper.
Selina Chambers, Cotes, Francis, Britain, 1764, Pastel. Transferred from the National Portrait Gallery.
St James's Park, Soiron, François David, about 1780, Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand. Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe. V&A Collection François David, Regency Era, Georgian London, Georgian Britain, Addition Colour, 18Th Century, St James Park, James Parks, Colour Stippling
St James's Park, Soiron, François David, about 1780, Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand. Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe
Vase with Flowers (Chimney board), Britain, about 1710, Oil on pine. Given by Mrs Arthur Chamberlain.
Vase with Flowers (Chimney board) | V&A Search the Collections
1780-1800 British Tea caddy at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "Since tea caddies were placed on the table as tea was served, they were often highly decorative....This caddy may have been bought as a blank and decorated at home because the decoration combines painted floral swags, cut-out paper flower shapes, and a print showing childen playing games glued to the lid." Hexagons Teas, Teas Caddy, Tea Caddy, Museums, Caddy 1780 1800, B Teas, Caddy 17801800, High Teas, Decor Gluing
Tea caddy, 1780-1800, Sycamore wood, painted, with glued paper; silvered metal hinges. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq.
Mrs Everard, painted by Allan Ramsay, Oil on canvas, late 18th century. Given by William Freeman