Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County, Dorset County Museum 2011

Gwen Yarker / Dorset County Museum

Gwen Yarker / Dorset County Museum

This major exhibition of portraits showed the people who lived in and influenced Dorset during the eighteenth-century. In addition to showing the important landowners who built major houses in the county, there were images of architects, artists, doctors, a deer catcher and a boatman. Most of the important portrait artists of the age, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Thomas Gainsborough and Allan Ramsay were represented and three – Sir James Thornhill, Giles Hussey and Thomas Beach – were all born in the county.

In this podcast curator Gwen Yarker gives a guided tour of the exhibition.

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