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Dandy days The extraordinary world of Georgian fashion is explored in an upcoming exhibition.

The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace hosts the display, from April 21 to October 8, which reveals how advances in trade, entertainment and technological innovations became driving forces for iconic fashion trends across all levels of society.

Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians brings together more than 200 works from the Royal Collection as well as rare surviving examples of clothing and accessories.

As well as influences from abroad, fashionable society looked to the lower classes for style inspiration, adopting working-class garments such as aprons and knee breeches which were worn by men for most of the 18th century.

By the end of the period, upper-class men adopted trousers for the first time.

Left The front of a Georgian dress on show this April, © Fashion Museum Bath

Above Men wore knee breeches for most of the 18th century, © Fashion Museum Bath

New broom A trio of specialists has joined Olympia Auctions, including Janet Rady who will launch the London auctioneer’s first modern and contemporary African and Middle Eastern art sale in May.

Janet who graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has an MA in Islamic art history, joined Olympia from Chiswick Auctions along with Adrian Biddell and Maryam Daoudi.

Janet said: “The market for both African and Middle Eastern art is witnessing very strong sales with an emphasis on high quality modern and contemporary works.” Works in the upcoming sale on May 11, originate in Iran, the Arab world and Africa.

Adrian Biddell becomes Olympia Auction’s head of British and Continental paintings and works on paper, with Maryam Daoudi as his assistant and junior cataloguer.

Above left Janet Rady will launch Olympia Auction’s first modern and contemporary African and Middle Eastern art sale in May

SISTER ACT A 19th-century painting of a white and African-American girl both portrayed as social peers has been bought by London art dealers Philip Mould & Company for close to $1m at Christie’s in New York.

Painted by an unknown American artist in around 1820, and estimated at $50,000$100,000, it attracted heated competition from around the world. Mould, who is also known as the art expert on BBC1’s Fake or Fortune, said: “The constraints and social protocol in painted portraiture of the period make such palpable depiction of interracial attachment almost without precedent.”

In its description of the painting Christie’s acknowledged its rarity, stating: “This double portrait presents its subjects as equals at a time of pervasive racial inequality. If anything, the pose and props cast the AfricanAmerican girl as the superior figure.” Above The 19th-century painting sold to a London gallery for more than 10 times its top estimate

New look A newly-restored painting by the French modernist Édouard Manet (1832-1883) of his cousin has gone on display at the National Museum Cardiff.

Manet’s Portrait de Monsieur Jules Dejouy (1879) was acquired by the museum after spending more than 90 years in a private collection.

Jules Dejouy (1815-1894) was not only Manet’s older cousin, but also an important figure in the artist’s life. He was a successful lawyer, appointed to the Imperial Court in France in 1849.

The portrait joins three other works by Manet in the museum’s collection.

Above The painting was conserved thanks to support from the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund

FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM A popular London museum that claims to be the city’s oldest toy museum is looking for a new home after it was forced to close. Pollock’s Toy Museum, just off Tottenham Court Road, has closed its doors on its current building “due to a change in circumstances regarding the ownership of the buildings.”

Its collection of toy theatres, teddy bears, dolls, games and toys has gone into temporary storage while a new building is found. The museum was started by Marguerite Tawdry, the current owner Jack Fawdry-Tatham’s great-grandmother, when she bought the entire stock from a toy theatre shop.

Below Pollock’s Toy Museum in Scala Street has had to close and is looking for new premises


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