The History of Love

poster

Last week i was delighted to find myself with an invite to the launch of a new exhibition at No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath, curated by historian Hallie Rubenhold. Without wanting to give away all of its secrets, here is a little sneak preview…

The exhibition inhabits two modest rooms in this lovely Georgian town house (which itself ought to be fully explored) and opens in impressively dramatic fashion, casting light not only on Georgian women but also on popular attitudes towards them through an extraordinary collection of mezzotint portraits. In a nod towards the print shop windows of the Georgian era, the prints range from the bawdy to the (almost) respectable, and place duchesses, demi-reps and half-naked dairymaids side by side. In the eighteenth century, all women trod the fine line between vice and virtue and the slightest slip could be fatal to the feminine reputation – a fact that no doubt…

View original post 358 more words

Advertisements