Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Forthcoming Anniversaries

Lord Burlington's Birthday

The 3rd Earl of Burlington

25 Apr 1694: The Rt. Hon. Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington (Bridlington) and 4th Earl of Cork was born this day in 1694. He took a keen interest in architecture and was instrumental in the Palladian revival of the early eighteenth century. He commissioned Isaac Ware to produce the first accurate English edition of Palladio's "Four Books of Architecture" and was ... (read more...)

Napoleon signs general Amnesty.

26 Apr 1802: On this day in 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte signed a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture with the factions of the Ancien Régime and to eventually consolidate his own rule. (read more...)

Mary Wollstonecraft's Birthday

Mary Wollstonecraft

27 Apr 1759: The philosopher and early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft was born this day in 1759 at Spitalfields, London. In 1768 her family move to a farm close to Beverley in East Yorkshire. She attended a local day school and formed a close friendship with Jane Arden, the daughter of a local intellectual. Mary is bast known for her book "A Vindication ... (read more...)

John Carr's Birthday

John Carr

28 Apr 1723: John Carr was born this day in 1723 in Horbury, near Wakefield. He moved to York when he married in 1746 where he had his architectural practice. He was one of the most prolific architects of the eighteenth century - he had more designs illustrated in "Vitruvius Brittanicus" (Vol. 5 onwards) than any other single architect. His style was ... (read more...)

Wedgewood Pottery

Wedgewood jug

1 May 1759: Josiah Wedgwood founded his pottery this day in 1759. (read more...)

Thomas Gainsborough's birthday

Thomas Gainsborough

14 May 1727: The artist Thomas Gainsborough was born this day in 1727. The son of a Suffolk weaver, Thomas left home for London in 1740 where he studied art with William Hogarth (among others). He initially worked as a decorative artist at Vauxhall Gardens but later became a fashionable portrait painter. He married the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Beaufort ... (read more...)

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