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Talk: Lost Francavillas of Kew
March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm£6
Susanne Groom, British historian, author and former Royal Historic Palaces Curator, invites us to hear the story of 13 exquisite Italian marble statues ordered for Kew Gardens, which lay like sleeping beauties, unseen for 70 years. Frederick Prince of Wales, father of King George III, had extravagant plans for developing the gardens at Kew. His untimely death put paid to his ideas and it was left to his widow, Princess Augusta, to complete his work.
Had Frederick failed to discuss with her his plans or did she have different ideas on the development of the gardens? His original plan for the gardens has been lost and we do not exactly know, though there are some clues. We do know, however, that the Dowager Princess of Wales made no use of the 13 statues which Frederick had ordered from Italy, which arrived very shortly after his death. So what were these statues? Where might they have been intended to be placed and what happened to them?
Doors open 18.30 hrs; talk commences 19.00 hrs.
Parking available via Bessant Drive.
Tickets will be available at the door on the night. Kew Society Members: £3 ; Non-Members: £6
The poster can be seen here.