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We were told…
…of a stunning portrait by Johann Zoffany of Huguenot descendant, David Garrick as Sir John Brute, a part played by him throughout his life, in The Provok’d Wife. Click here for more information. The performance in this oil painting took place at Drury Lane on 18 April 1763 and was given to Garrick by the painter Johann Zoffany to hang in his dining parlour at Hampton.
…about Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, a beautiful structure on the riverside at Hampton, built by Garrick in 1756 to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare.
…Uppark House in West Sussex holds a remarkable Grand Tour Art Collection amassed between 1748 and 1753 by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh (Uppark’s second resident) and his wife’s brother, Benjamin Lethieullier, a Huguenot descendant, and his half-brother-in-law, Lascelles Iremonger. It includes six scenes from Luca Giordano’s ‘The Parable of the Prodigal Son’.
…currently the portraits of Ann Courtauld and John Jacobs are being conserved and will soon be on show at the Huguenot Museum in Rochester.
…about an exhibition of East End paintings by Peri Parkes at Town House, Spitalfields from 22nd November - 8th December. Peri Parkes painted the East End throughout the 1980s and many of his paintings are being hung for the first time in this show.
…Henry Compton, Bishop of London from 1675-1713, was a consistent friend to French Protestants and found himself at the centre of events in 1685 when James II came to the throne. The Bishop was one of the seven signatories to the letter inviting William of Orange to invade the Kingdom and, in the new regime, was able to assist the establishment of the Huguenot presence in London and beyond.
…two Huguenot families were significant in the running of the Worshipful Company of Dyers during the 17th century: the Lhieulliers and the Houblons. One James Houblon baptised his son, also called James, in 1592 in the Church of the French Congregation in London. The family prospered with several members in the Company, some becoming Prime Warden. One, Peter, became a Captain in the Blue Regiment in the Trained Bands in the Civil War. Another was a founding director of the Bank of England, established by his cousin Sir John, a member of the Drapers Company. Thank-you to Ian Mackintosh, Honorary Archivist at the Worshipful Company of Dyers, for this information.
…You can now see a silver double-lipped sauce boat designed and made by Anne Tanqueray on display at the Huguenot Museum and purchased in memory of Randolph Vigne (whose scholarship did so much for Huguenot legacy). This was a new form of sauce boat introduced to Britain by Huguenot goldsmiths along with the soup tureen. Vincent La Chapelle, the Huguenot cook to Madame Pompadour and the Earl of Chesterfields and other members of the aristocracy, Vincent La Chapelle, who ran a cookery school in Mayfair and published recipes in the 1730s and 1740s. He wrote three books: Volume I, Volume II and Volume III.
Essential reading if you ever find yourself faced with cooking a banquet with over 100 dishes!
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We were asked…
There are some wonderful evocative structures placed all around the City of London that give the names of women involved in different trades? Are there any Huguenot women featured?
Yes, there are two female Huguenot descendants featured: Susannah Passavant, who was apprenticed to the Company of Spectacle Makers in 1728; and Marie Anne Viet, who was a jeweller. See their trade cards on display at Paternoster Square and the Royal Exchange.