During the 1790’s a debate on the ‘picturesque’ landscape raged, ending up having little practical application at all; its exponents supported an aesthetic, which included overhanging crags, swiftly flowing streams, gnarled oaks, and tortuous paths. This was in the main not acceptable to the majority, who wanted to enjoy looking at, and being in; nature. So they looked to wall paintings from the ‘antique’ to provide new role models. The steam engine was invented, fuelling progress and powering the country’s manufacturing. Towns all over the United Kingdom began to grow and prosper. In England the Prince Regent’s friend Beau Brummel set the style for dress, which was followed avidly by HRH and his friends. They all changed clothes incessantly and Roman curls and the Prince’s ‘black cravat’ became quite the rage. During the last decade of the eighteenth century industrial upheaval and social change came about when Thomas Paine (1737-1809) published his Rights of Man in 1791, influencing the French and American Revolutions.
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Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.
Following the revolution and during the reign of Napoleon 1 in France the ornate costumes of the Kings and Queens of France quickly gave way to garments of revolutionary simplicity. Based on the craze for neoclassical architecture they were emulating the classical purity of ancient Greek statues. Ladies wore dresses…