The early nineteenth century in England, Europe and America was an age of reform, revolution, scientific discovery, dazzling artistry, literary excellence, military milestones and both political and social scandal. From the dandyism of England’s Beau Brummell to the romantic exploits of Spain’s Don Juan, from the abolition of the slave trade in America to Catholic emancipation in Great Britain and Ireland this age had an engaging cast of characters. When George III, the last King of America ascended the throne in 1760 said ‘I am young and inexperienced and want advice’. He turned to John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute a Scottish statesman to help him. The role of a King, as they saw it, was to be apolitical. They devised a system of checks and balances between the people, their elected and nominated representatives, the officers of justice, the executive leadership and the sovereign power at the top of the pyramid. All became subject to responsible public criticism. This model of good Government, known as the Westminster System, still works.
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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.