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Cruickshank’s La Belle Assemblee


The Mail Online reviews the excellent Georgian exhibition at the British Library until 11 March 2014 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2507348/300-year-old-fashion-magazines-shopping-catalogues-scandal-hunting-tabloids-produced-Georgians-revealed-stunning-new-exhibition.html) – included in the items on view are details about the scandal of Fanny Murray.

Miss Murray may have ended her life in an honourable fashion but had been most famous as the mistress of mistress of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uibry_mtD3k&feature=youtube_gdata) and subject of a Pope-style, pornographic,  poem Essay on Woman (https://archive.org/details/essayonwomaninth00londuoft)


Public Advertiser, Monday September 20 1790

Also included are examples of fashionable attire from red leather dancing shoes for men, fashion plates from The Gallery of Fashion and ephemera such as “everyday throw away adverts, tickets and receipts”, Dr Moira Goff, lead curator.  All these pieces are displayed to help give visitors a better understanding of Georgian society.

At £9.00 a ticket (adults) and free for the under 18’s this is an exhibition not to be missed (http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/georgiansrevealed/?ns_campaign=georgians&ns_mchannel=ppc&ns_source=google&ns_linkname=%2Bgeorgians%20%2Brevealed&ns_fee=0)