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DateLecture
11 October 2017The Dollar Princesses
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12 April 2017Riviera Paradise – a fusion of art, design and pleasure on the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s and 30s
08 March 2017Lawrence of Arabia – excavating a legend
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14 December 2016 The Fascinating World of Playing Cards
09 November 2016 The Shakers of North America
12 October 2016Eric Ravilious and the Lure of the Everyday
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08 June 2016London's Changing Skyline: Past, Present and Future.
11 May 2016A Highland Thing! 18-20th century Scottish art
13 April 2016Adventures in 3 Dimensions: 20th Century British Sculpture
09 March 2016Paintbrushes at Dawn! Great Art World Feuds.
10 February 2016Tales of a Mysterious Land- Landscapes, Legends And Archaeology of Ethiopia
13 January 2016Banks, Burgundy and Piracy: Fifteenth Century Artists of Bruges
09 December 2015Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes
11 November 2015Are You Sitting Comfortably? The History of the Chair.
14 October 2015Art and the Napoleonic Wars
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10 June 2015Durer: The Italian & Northern Renaissance-The relationship between Italian art, Durer and the Northern artists
13 May 2015Power, Propaganda, and Men in Tights: English Art Under the Tudors
08 April 2015The Arts of the Sikh Empire and Punjab
11 March 2015The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Architecture of Frank Gehry
11 February 2015At the Sign of the Falcon: The Life and works of Harry Murphy Goldsmith, Silversmith and Unique Englishman
14 January 2015Contemporary Art and the Old Masters: Lessons Learned and Rejected.
10 December 2014I am the Very Model: Parodies of Victorian Society in Gilbert & Sullivan
12 November 2014Art and the Great War
08 October 2014James Whistler – The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
10 September 2014Pop Goes the Artist-from Warhol to Dylan.
11 June 2014Roland Penrose, Lee Miller and Life at Farley Farm House
14 May 2014The Benin Bronzes
09 April 2014Thomas Heatherwick
12 March 2014Literary Venice - A British Affair

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The Dollar Princesses Anne Sebba Wednesday 11 October 2017

Between 1870 and 1914 hundreds of American heiresses flooded the shores of continental Europe, trading their fortunes for titles.  They were known as The Dollar Princesses and included Consuelo Vanderbilt at Blenheim and Mary Curzon at Kedleston.  These marriages - dubbed by some as gilded prostitution - were usually hard-headed matches plotted by the parents.  They may have kept many a grand estate from collapsing but few provided lasting happiness when the fairy tale was exposed.  This lecture examines the clothes, the portraits, the jewels and the literature of the Dollar Princesses.