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Reading the Room: Costume, Jewellery and Decorative Arts in 18th Century Po...

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Join Louisa Brouwer, Keeper of Art & Place at Gainsborough’s House, for an illustrated exploration of the rich personal and decorative adornments found in many of the 18th century’s greatest portraits. Often relegated to the background – both literally and figuratively – these important details reveal much about the social, political and aesthetic importance of portraiture over the course of the long 18th century. Women’s adornments in particular, including jewellery of various designs, portrait miniatures and hair accessories, were especially expressive as social documents during this period, although men, too, utilised personal accessories for self-promotion. And in the background of seminal works such as William Hogarth’s Miss Mary Edwards from 1742 (The Frick Collection, New York City), what can be read from the room itself?

In this lecture, Louisa will share her expertise as a decorative arts historian, drawing on a particular specialism in historic jewellery and items of female adornment. After receiving her M.A. degree from the Winterthur Programme in Material Culture at the University of Delaware, Louisa served as the Assistant Curator at Fairfax House in York, England, before holding a curatorial fellowship at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. She now focusses on the work of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, and recently curated the groundbreaking exhibition Silk: From Spitalfields to Sudbury at Gainsborough’s House, awarded Best in Show by the Museums Association in October 2017.

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