The Georgian Group Splendour Exhibition

The Georgian Group Splendour Exhibition
February 6, 2017 Melissa Davies
In Events, Historical, News
Examples of the processes involved in British Craftsmanship.

The Georgian Group 80th Anniversary – Splendour exhibition

The Georgian Group has opened its doors of 6 Fitzroy Square, London to celebrate 80 years of conservation work by the charity. The Private View took place on the 2nd February and the exhibition, open to the public with free admission, will be running through until the 25th February 2017.

One enters the Georgian Group- Splendour exhibition through the basement of the Robert Adam town house into the ‘Education Centre’ where you can view the fascinating process of craft that goes into the creation of some of Britian’s most treasured crafts. From sculptors tools to examples of pigments used to recreate handmade historic wallpaper, this shows the real art of creating such traditional pieces.

Examples of the processes involved in British Craftsmanship.

Examples of the processes involved in British Craftsmanship.

The Ground floor features the ‘Anniversary Archive’ of which you can read many important pieces of correspondence that has led to the Georgian Group being where it is today. It is also on this floor, in the Library, that visitors can view the Humphries Weaving – All Silk, Crimson, ‘New Pavia’ length hanging in all its glory. The New Pavia is a popular design dating from the 2nd Quarter of the 18th Century and can be seen at Nostell Priory, Spencer House and on Chippendale chairs at the V&A Museum, to name but a few.

Left: Georgian Ball fete advert from 1839. Right: New Pavia, Crimson on display

Left: Georgian Ball fete advert from 1839. Right: New Pavia, Crimson on display

 

Making your way up to the first floor, the staircase is lined with Ben Pentreath’s architectural drawings. Leading into the drawing room, which is full of excellent craftsmanship, from gilded Georgian picture frames to textile trimmings crafted by Derby based company ‘Heritage Trimmings’. Walking through into the Garden Room, there are the most fantastic shell made figures and fine sculptures alongside Chinoiserie wallpaper.

Left: Trimmings by Heritage Trimmings. Right: Shell figured face.

Left: Trimmings by Heritage Trimmings. Right: Shell figured face.

6 Fitzroy Square is bursting with some of the finest, traditional works of art found in Great Britain today. Be sure to visit before it closes its doors on the 25th February 2017. Richard Humphries will be giving a talk ‘Silk: From China to Sudbury’ to explain how the silk industry has arrived in East Anglia. Taking place on the 7th February at 7pm. Book your place here.