George Brookshaw (1751-1823) Revisited
Sunday, 18 April 2021 at 19.00 (BST)
Lucy Wood's interest in George Brookshaw (1751-1823) stemmed from the discovery of his name on a painted plaque that was clearly by the same hand as two commodes in the Lady Lever, followed by the realisation that he is the same George Brookshaw who had a later career in botanical illustration. She published this research, with a survey of his furniture output, nearly thirty years ago. This lecture will review his life in the light of subsequent discoveries, with rather more emphasis on his place in the world of horticulture.
Section of a pier table (c. 1785) made and painted by George Brookshaw, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Lucy Wood had a museum career as Curator of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight (part of the National Museums, Liverpool), and later as a Senior Curator in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the V & A. She has published widely on topics related to furniture and the history of collecting. At the Lady Lever Art Gallery she produced detailed catalogues of two aspects of the outstanding collection of (mainly) English furniture - the commodes and the upholstered items. She now works as a freelance furniture historian and consultant.
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