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Johnson and Satire

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From 5 November 2020

Join us to discover 18th - century society through the lens of satire from a variety of key artists of the period and beyond.  London at this time was full of inequalities and hardships but also humour and innovation, especially within the work of the many satirists operating during this time.  The prints, paintings and other printed material on display explore Johnson’s significance in London society and as a popular subject for its contemporary satirical artists, but also how crucial his own writing was in addressing various social issues, often in a satirical tone.

Free with standard admission

 

 

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Queen of the Blues

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From December 2020

Queen of the Blues is a set of community created responses to the life, work and letters of Bluestocking, Elizabeth Montagu and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This exhibitionhas been created and filmed by Unity Arts, in collaboration with Dr Johnson’s House. Queen of the Blues was the name given to Montagu by Samuel Johnson and the pieces that are displayed have been created during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The artwork, 3D installations, audio, photographs and information panels came out of online workshops, heritage trips in pairs and one to one socially distanced meetings with the researchers and artists. Alongside these artworks, you can see Elizabeth Montagu's letters and portraits of Montagu and Johnson from the Dr Johnson's House collection.

Free with standard admission

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James Gilray' print of Johnson

Detail from Apollo and the Muses inflicting penance on Dr Pomposo round Parnassus by James Gillray

Elizabeth Montagu artwork

Queen of the Blues artwork from Unity Arts participants

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