tue16jun6:30 pmFeaturedOnline Lecture: The Fringe, Frog and Tassel-Maker in Georgian LondonOnline Lecture by Annabel Westman6:30 pm

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Robert Campbell listed the fringe, frog and tassel-maker in The London Tradesman (1747) as one of the dependants of the gold and silver laceman, which could be a lucrative trade ‘if not initiated into the Mystery of Gin-Drinking’. The more prominent members, like Robert Pitter, Matthew and William Winter and John Edwards among others, were based around Long Acre, the Strand and Soho supplying trimmings to royalty, the landed gentry and career professionals. They were involved in such lavish creations as the green velvet state bed at Houghton Hall, the private apartments at Chatsworth and the furnishings at Carlton House and Kew Palace. Using archival documentation and surviving examples, this talk will cover the important contribution of the laceman in the furnishing of the Georgian interior and examine the crucial relationship with the upholsterer to achieve fashionable and often extravagant effects.

Annabel Westman is Executive Director of The Attingham Trust and an independent textile historian and consultant. She specialises in the reinstallation of historic interiors for heritage bodies, including the Saloon in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, which won the Georgian Group 2019 award for the Restoration of a Georgian Interior. She is a trustee of Stowe House Preservation Trust and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Her book Fringe, Frog and Tassel: The Art of the Trimmings-Maker in Interior Decoration was published in 2019.

This lecture will now take place online via Zoom, starting at 6.30pm. 

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