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Georgian Faces exhibition

Dorset County Museum is a gorgeous place. Its packed full of so much vintage and historical charm that you have to pinch yourself every now and again just to remember that you’re in Dorchester and not in a fairy story. Today we’ve been there (along with what seemed thousands of children) to take photographs for the press for our Valentine’s Fayre – but we also caught a sneak glance through the doors at the installation of the Georgian Faces exhibition which is due to start on Saturday and is promising to be absolutely divine.Georgian Faces exhibition

The exhibition brings together an impressive gallery of paintings from the Georgian period showing the people who lived in Dorset and influenced it during the 18th Century. This is a sophisticated and internationally important exhibition of artworks including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Thomas Gainsborough and Allan Ramsay. Three of the painters featured in the exhibition, Sir James Thornhill, Giles Hussey and Thomas Beach were all born in Dorset.

Many of the paintings have rarely been exhibited before and all are of an exceptional quality. The National Portrait Gallery will be running a day school at the museum looking at 18th Century Portraiture and the curation of Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County.  The speakers for the day are all highly distinguished in their field and include Susan Sloman, the Gainsborough specialist, who rarely gives lectures.  Tickets for this day school are £40 and are available from Dorset County Museum or from the Portrait Specialist Network website.

The full progamme of events and lectures for Georgian Faces is included here PROGRAMME

We are members of the museum (which is excellent value and a great gift idea) and that means we ‘ll be going along to the exclusive  preview of the exhibition. You can buy Membership to the Museum for £24 a year enabling you privileges, offers as well as unlimited admission to the exhibitions and free evening lectures . Apply in person or by completing the form here: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP


Published by annie, on 12th January 2011 at 6:08 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Georgian Faces exhibition

Royal Crown Derby in Dorset

painting Royal Crown DerbyWhat an inspiring morning at Box of Porcelain in Dorchester. Robert and his team invited Royal Crown Derby along to provide demonstrations of hand painting and a sneak preview at the Royal Wedding Commemorative china together with pieces from the Titanic Commemorative ware for next year’s 100th anniversary.

Robert’s fine porcelain shop is always a treasure trove of delights but Saturday’s event was exceptional. I arrived early to snap some photos of Natalie Cornwall-Wilson hand-painting the beautiful Ken Eastman designs (a skill that’s taken her 20 years to perfect) and to find out about the new Titanic range which is an exact copy of the tableware that Royal Crown Derby provided on the ship itself.

Its rather wonderful that this 260 year old company is still producing some of the finest porcelain in England today and has faithfully replicated every detail including the original information pamphlet to commemorate the Titanic anniversary next year. Whilst it is expensive, the Titanic design is perfect for Christmas day so if you’re thinking of pushing the boat out (!) then get in touch with Robert to place an order email rlunn@boxofporcelain.com or ring The Box of Porcelain on 01305 267110

the Titanic porcelain range original brochure printed for the Titanic

As for the Royal Wedding memorabilia – if you’re going to buy anything to celebrate then you may as well make it something that holds its value — and the gold and blue intertwined designs of C & W for Catherine and William are truly lovely. As you can see – its a good job I arrived early – this was a very popular event – and a great source of vintage inspiration

crown derby royal wedding plateA full shop at a Box of Porcelain