Victoria and Albert Museum

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22 March – 13 July 2014. This exhibition explored the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain, and how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for an age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

About the Exhibition
About the Exhibition

This exhibition brought together over 200 objects including architectural drawings for such prominent buildings as the Treasury and Horse Guards at Whitehall, designs for l…

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Biography of William Kent
Biography of William Kent

William Kent divided opinion both during his life and after his death. Praised as a 'genius', an 'oracle… much consulted by all those who affected taste', and the 'greatest…

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Holkham Hall
Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall in Norfolk is the most perfect surviving country house of the Anglo-Palladian movement, and the most complete example of Kent’s work.

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William Kent’s Designs for Parliament
William Kent’s Designs for Parliament

In the 1730s William Kent worked on a series of designs for an entirely new, self-contained Parliament House. Initially working in collaboration with his friend and patron …

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Blog: Designing William Kent
Blog: Designing William Kent

This blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the process of delivering a major exhibition. These posts will focus on the many different aspects of curating and designing a show…

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William Kent at the V&A Shop
William Kent at the V&A Shop

A selection of titles exploring this important designer's achievements and his extraordinary creations.

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Visit William Kent Sites in London and the South East
Visit William Kent Sites in London and the South East

Use this Google map to find other William Kent sites across London and the South East of England.

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Georgian Britain Pinterest Board
Georgian Britain Pinterest Board

Explore a Pinterest board of Georgian Britain from the V&A collections and repin to your boards.

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Organised by the Bard Graduate Center, New York City and the V&A.
Support generously provided by The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts.
With thanks to the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of The Selz Foundation.

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