Room 56c: Britain & the Indies

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This room looks at the development of British art and design in the late 17th and early 18th centuries as a result of Britain's burgeoning trade with Asia and the Americas. Tea, spices, porcelain, lacquer, silks and cottons were imported from Asia. The fashion for imports from Asia stimulated imitations and adaptations, in particular, painted furniture which was described as 'japanned'. British makers often did not distinguish between the different countries of 'the Indies' and mixed images and motifs to create what appeared to them to be an exotic effect.

Room 56c is on Level 2 of the V&A South Kensington.

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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

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

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William Kent 'Drawing Room' Greeting Card||EVAEX

William Kent 'Drawing Room' Greeting Card||EVAEX

Greeting card featuring Queen Caroline's Drawing Room,  Kensington Palace. Designed by William Kent (1685–1748) Aquatint after an o…

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Event - William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

Sat 22 March 2014–Sun 13 July 2014

EXHIBITION: Experience the life and work of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. Explore how Kent’s artistic inventiveness set the style at a time when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed a design aesthetic for the period.

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