Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians

Reopening under its new name, The King’s Gallery relaunches with an exhibition exploring the fashions of 18th century Britain.

Style and Society Dressing for the Georgians exhibition at King's Gallery at the Palace of Holyrood House
Royal Collection Trust © His Majesty King Charles III 2024
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22nd March - 22nd September
£5.00 to £10.00 per person

Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians will bring together almost 100 works from the Royal Collection, including paintings, prints and drawings by leading artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth.

At the heart of the collection will be a selection of surviving period clothing and accessories – from the functional dress of laundry maids to the glittering gowns worn at court. Accessories on display will include rings belonging to Queen Charlotte and jewel-encrusted snuffboxes. Together, they provide a fascinating insight into what life was like in Georgian Britain.

The exhibition will also include some works with Scottish links, including a painting of George IV by Fife-born artist Sir David Wilkie. Painted to mark the first visit by a reigning monarch to Scotland in almost 200 years, it depicts the King standing proudly in full Highland dress of Royal Stewart tartan.

This will be the 40th exhibition to be held in the Gallery since it opened in 2002 and the first in 18 months while the Gallery underwent essential maintenance works.

An accompanying programme of events, including talks, lectures and workshops will also be available.

To ensure that as many people as possible can access and enjoy the exhibition, £1.00 tickets are available to those receiving Universal Credit and other named benefits. Up to six people per household can claim £1.00 tickets.

In addition to £1.00 tickets, The King’s Gallery will continue to offer a range of concessionary rates, while visitors who purchase standard tickets directly from Royal Collection Trust can convert them into a 1 Year Pass, allowing free re-entry for 12 months.

The exhibition runs from 22 March to 22 September 2024. For more information and to book tickets go to Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians.

Kings_Gallery Dressing for the Georgians Exhibition
German, Snuffbox, c.1770.
French, Fan 1783.
Royal Collection Trust © His Majesty King Charles III 2024