mon22jun6:30 pmEvent CancelledYG Talk: Regency Revelations – The Private Journal of a Regency DandyLecture by Mark Hill6:30 pm The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, FitzroviaBook now

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“He was the most spiteful, sly, and vindictive and wicked man I have ever met.” Written by his nephew, this brutally honest inscription begins one volume of the lost private journals of John Margesson Esq (1794-1866), which was discovered by chance in a quantity of books bought on eBay in 2010. Covering two years of Margesson’s life, from Summer 1831 to Summer 1833, the journal begins with his return from exile in France to the Sussex country house where he grew up, before moving to London, and ending in Rome via France. Written for himself in beautiful copperplate, he gives an intimate and intensely personal glimpse into his life, his wanderings and his musings as he goes about his daily life. In this lively and entertaining lecture, we will take the role of a private detective and use Margesson’s own words and supporting research to piece together this Regency man of means, including:
• The potentially scandalous story behind his mysterious exile
• His walks through, and observations of, Regency London
• His obsessions with the weather, health, and the meaning of life
• His daily life and finances
• His love of gardens and botany
• His sexuality.
Each element will be put into the context of the age and will be illustrated with etchings, illustrations and, where possible, photographs. We’ll also examine the current affairs and notable characters he mentions and how they were received and perceived at the time by a wealthy, well-connected, and often very opinionated ‘gentleman’.

Mark Hill studied History of Art & Architecture and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby’s where he was a Specialist in the Collectors’ Department. He became director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay Live Auctions and was co-author of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide with Judith Miller from 2002-17. He founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has since published over 12 books on specialist subjects in 20th-century design and decorative arts. A Miscellaneous expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007, he has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2. He also runs 20th-century design auctions in partnership with Dawsons Auctioneers and has lectured across the world, including at the V&A in London, and contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.

Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All welcome

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(Monday) 6:30 pm


The Georgian Group

6 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia

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