Room 52: Portraiture, Public Entertainment and Chinoiserie

Bust of Jonathan Tyers by Louis François Roubiliac (1702/5 - 1762), about 1740. Museum no. A.94-1927

Bust of Jonathan Tyers by Louis François Roubiliac (1702/5 - 1762), about 1740. Museum no. A.94-1927

The George Levy Gallery

Room 52 looks at the effect public entertainment areas, such as the Spring Gardens in Vauxhall, had on the development of art and design. The public sculpture of George Frederic Handel by Louis-Francois Roubiliac, now in this room was first seen in Spring Gardens in 1738. Also here is a display on the growing popularity of Chinoiserie between 1745 and 1765 as a form of decorative art and the development of portraiture during this period.

From room 52 you can also visit The Norfolk House Music Room.

Room 52 is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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The Public Catalogue Foundation: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Public Catalogue Foundation: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in the Victoria and Albert Museum

In 1857, the Leeds cloth manufacturer John Sheepshanks gave 233 modern British oil paintings to found a 'National Gallery of British Art'. The gallery…

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Event - M. F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting

Wed 28 May 2014–Sun 27 July 2014

EXHIBITION: This exhibition showcases the final nine paintings by M. F. Husain, one of the most celebrated and internationally recognised Indian artists of the 20th century.

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