To celebrate the launch of William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, 22 March – 13 July 2014, explore a selection of Georgian objects in our collections.
Gouty chair | V&A Search the Collections
Miss Harriet and Miss Elizabeth Binney, Smart, John, Watercolour on card. Given by Miss Joan Gwladis Trevor, a descendant of Harriet Binney
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."
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
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.
Box of shells | V&A Search the Collections
Tea caddy, 1780-1800, Wood with painted decoration and metal handle. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq.
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
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
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
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."
Tea caddy, 1780-1800, Sycamore wood, painted, with glued paper; silvered metal hinges. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq.