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Johan Joseph Zoffany, Queen Charlotte, 1771, oil on canvas, Royal Collection Trust, UK, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
Thursday, February 2 –  Sunday, April 30, 2017

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World

This exhibition will explore the story of three remarkable German princesses: Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, all of whom married into the British royal family in the eighteenth century. Caroline and Charlotte became queens consort to George II and George III respectively; Princess Augusta never achieved this distinction but held the titles of Princess of Wales and Princess Dowager, and was mother to King George III.

Through their wide-ranging intellectual, social, and political interests, Caroline, Augusta, and Charlotte helped to shape court culture and the age in which they lived, and would leave a lasting legacy. They encouraged the greatest philosophers, scientists, artists, and architects of the day; and they brought art, music, dance, enlightened conversation, and experimentation into the palaces and royal gardens, and supported industry, trade, and imperial ambition. The exhibition will include many important works of art and manufacture, which belonged to these women and their families, or were commissioned by them. Works by Hans Holbein, William Kent, Allan Ramsay, Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, Johan Zoffany, and many more will be on display.

Hours:

Tuesday10 am–5 pm
Wednesday10 am–5 pm
Thursday10 am–5 pm
Friday10 am–5 pm
Saturday10 am–5 pm
Sunday noon–5 pm

Website: More information
Open to: General public
Admission: Free
Contact Information: Yale Center for British Art, 203-432-2800

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