barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


REVOLUTIONISING FASHION

The frivolous and extravagant fashions of the Ancien Regime were brought to a swift and bloody end at the onset of the French Revolution in 1789.

In the ensuing years, a taste for simpler, classically inspired clothing migrated across from Revolutionary France into Britain. This display explores the depiction of fashionable dress in an array of elegant 18th- and early 19th-century British miniatures by the likes of Richard Cosway, George Engleheart and John Smart. On loan from two outstanding private collections, these delicate little paintings are complemented by prints from the Barber’s own collection.

 

Indian, Deccani School

Portrait of Sultan Ali Adil Shah II

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