Hubert-François Gravelot, 1699-1773, French, active in Britain (1733-1745), Desi
Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte & The Shaping of the Modern World
July 7, 2014-July 9, 2014

Monday, July 7, to Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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This three-day international symposium, which took place at Hampton Court Palace and associated sites, brought together eminent academicians and museum scholars to examine the roles played by Queen Caroline of Ansbach; Augusta, Princess of Wales; and Queen Charlotte in the promotion of the arts and sciences in eighteenth-century Britain. The themes that were addressed are pertinent to exhibitions scheduled to open in 2017 at the Yale Center for British Art and in London. The princesses’ individual and collective interests in art, botany and gardens, natural philosophy and medicine, and the education of their children were explored in relation to a dramatically changing social, political, and technological milieu, as were their roles in the encouragement of the British Enlightenment. The symposium was timed to take advantage of the period when various London institutions were commemorating the anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession and aimed to contribute in a major way to the general public discourse around that event.

The program included two full days of lectures, themed panels, and special tours and events, followed by a day devoted to tours of two sites important in the lives of these royal women: Kew Palace and its gardens, and Kensington Palace. For more information about this event, visit the HRP website.

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