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.
Captain Thomas, John Reading, Reading 1762 1837, Angelica Kauffmann, Thomas Reading, Angelica 1780, Art Collection, 6Th Bart, Oil Painting
Gouty chair, 1800, Mahogany with brass fittings and black horsehair upholstery.
History, 1790 S 1820 S Historical, Antiques Furniture, 17Th Century, Gouti, Furniture Chairs, 1800, Regency Antiques, Victorian Era
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
Sisters, Dear Cassandra, Regency, Portraits Miniatures, Jane Austen, Miniatures Portraits, Austen Letters, Elizabeth Binney, John Smart
An unknown young woman, Knight, Mary Ann, 1800, Watercolour on ivory. Purchased from the funds of the R. H. Stephenson Bequest
Antiques Furniture, Historical Artifacts, Georgian Britain, Interesting Georgian, Mary Anne, Hair Stuff, Creepy Hair, Young, Georgian Stuff
Folding chair, 1780, Mahogany, with cane seat and iron fittings. Given by Mr and Mrs H. R. Marshall.
Canes Seats, Folding Invalides, House Interiors, Georgian Britain, Invalides Chairs, Folding Chairs, Georgian Furniture, Iron Fit, Fine Furniture
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, made 1740-1770, Carved and turned mahogany.
Soaps, Furniture Dreams, Antiques Furniture, Toilets, 1740 1770, Round Boxes, Drawers, Georgian Furniture, 18Thc Toiletries
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
Exercise chair, made 1790 - 1820, Mahogany, with horsehair and leather upholstery. Bequeathed by Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons FSA.
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Exercise chair | V&A Search the Collections
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.
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Box of shells | V&A Search the Collections
Tea caddy, 1780-1800, Wood with painted decoration and metal handle. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq.
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Gainsborough Dupont, Gainsborough, Thomas (RA), about 1775, Water-colour and chalk, varnished. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch
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An unknown young man, Ramsay, Allan, 18th century, Oil on canvas. Bequeathed by Claude D. Rotch.
Painting Portraits, But, Oil On Canvas, Art, 18Th Century, Young Man, Oil Painting, Allan Ramsay, Gentleman Costumes
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.
Georgian Romances, Georgian Britain, Museums Numbers, Katherine Rad, Garrick Née, Catherine Reading, Katherine Catherine, Maria Veigel, Eva Maria
The Painter's Wife, Cotes, Francis, late 18th century, Slightly washed in Indian ink and tinted. Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce.
Indian Ink, Body Reference, Georgian Britain, Illustration Inspiration, 18Th Century, Late 18Th, Francis Cote, Art Finding, Alexander Dyce
The Painter's Wife | Cotes, Francis | V&A Search the Collections
Serena, Smith, John Raphael, 1782, Mezzotint on paper. Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce
Book Lovers, Lovers Painting, Georgian Britain, Book Ilustration, Art Reading, Rococco, Public Domain, Georgian Stuff, John Raphael
Serena | Smith, John Raphael | V&A Search the Collections
The Dilettanti Society, Charles Turner, early 19th century, Mezzotint on paper.
English Heritage, Classic Education, Demand Satisfaction, Cent Portraiture, 19Th Century, Georgian Britain, Fire Club, 18Th Century, Georgian Era
Selina Chambers, Cotes, Francis, Britain, 1764, Pastel. Transferred from the National Portrait Gallery.
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St James's Park, Soiron, François David, about 1780, Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand. Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe
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Tea caddy, Britain, made 1800-1820, Wood, painted; ivory. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq
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Vase with Flowers (Chimney board), Britain, about 1710, Oil on pine. Given by Mrs Arthur Chamberlain.
Art Gallery, Art Gardens, Antiques Furniture, Folk Art, Flowers Chimney, Painting Furniture, Chimney Boards, Collection, Art Variado
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."
Tea caddy, 1780-1800, Sycamore wood, painted, with glued paper; silvered metal hinges. Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq.
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Mrs Everard, painted by Allan Ramsay, Oil on canvas, late 18th century. Given by William Freeman