Charles Townley

18th Century ‘Compleat’ Gentlemen – Rulers of Taste & Style

18th Century ‘Compleat’ Gentlemen – Rulers of Taste & Style

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Pursuing a passion for art and architecture in England in the 18th Century spawned new trades and expanded enjoyment for those living a leisure filled lifestyle

Olympic Games London – Success in the Ancient & Modern World

Olympic Games London – Success in the Ancient & Modern World

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Winning at the Olympic Games was every bit as potent to the athletes of ancient times as it is today – it was the penultimate place to achieve success in sport

Collectors & Connoisseurs

Collectors & Connoisseurs

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The Regency era in England from 1811 when Prince of Wales ruled England until his father’s death in 1820, saw the rise of the first professional art critics. They were either wealthy connoisseurs or collectors, like Richard Payne Knight (who had a fine eye for erotica) or working journalists like…

An Eye for Art

An Eye for Art

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The Regency era (1792 – 1830) in England saw the rise of the first professional art critics who were wealthy connoisseurs or collectors like Richard Payne Knight (fine eye for erotica) and journalists like William Hazlitt. Trained as a painter Hazlitt had first hand knowledge of the technical and aesthetic…