In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain During the 1700s
On View: May 22, 2021 – January 2, 2022
In the 1700s, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of sociability, scientific advancement, trade, and finance.
From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social rituals and cultural values of the period.
Through a lens of glass, see what it meant to be ‘modern’ in the 1700s, and what it cost.