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Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Kent's success depended hugely on personal relationships. The most important and enduring of these was with Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington, who was his friend, patron and artistic collaborator for over 30 years.I'm sure that 300 years after they first met, Kent would be flattered to think that his name is still tied to Burlington's, and we were delighted when William Cavendish, the...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
Under normal circumstances I'd have been only too happy to celebrate the Budget with an infinitesimally cheaper pint and bargain game of bingo, but Wednesday was also an important day in the life of another lover of alcoholic beverages and popular entertainment. That morning 'William Kent' was unveiled to the press, followed by the evening's Private View:The exhibition opens to...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
I probably shouldn't admit to this, but the curators of William Kent have a lot of extra help when it comes to getting the exhibition up and running. These helpers are industrious, elusive, and a little bit shy (you won't see their names in the exhibition's credits) and have such a lightness of touch that once everything's finished it almost seems like they were never there at all...
Author: Roisin Inglesby (Assistant Curator of Designs)
If any proof were needed about the evocative power of music then I'd be hard pressed to think of a better example than Handel's Zadok the Priest. Is it possible to hear the swell of the music, the rousing trumpets and the powerful harmony of voices rising in triumphant celebration without anticipating the drama and sense of occasion that it accompanies, the attendant stirring of national...