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, 1780, Kauffman, Angelica, Oil on canvas. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch.
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
Exercise chair, made 1790 - 1820, Mahogany, with horsehair and leather upholstery. Bequeathed by Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons FSA.
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.
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
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 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
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.