A lively portrait in marble of French philosophe Voltaire by Marie-Anne Collot, on display at the NGV, reflects his ideal of progress we inherently follow today
Catherine the Great’s delightful Chinese toilet service is one of the fine and decorative arts coming to NGV International, Melbourne 31 July – 8 November 2015
London during the second half of the eighteenth century was a place where extremes met. It was full of things to do and see, of people and, of excitement. It was also at the heart of affairs both great and small.
During Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton 2nd Marquess of Northampton’s lifetime England’s Westminster System of government was honed through debate and experience
Although he died before the French revolution Voltaire’s experiences at London became part of the wider expertise he gained that informed European enlightenment