Dinner with a Duke
Decoding food and drink at Welbeck 1690 - 1910
April 2010 - 9 April 2012
This exhibition focuses on 400 years of entertaining at Welbeck, looking at the lavish and fashionable tableware, entertaining as social duty, and the specialist departments that included hothouses, bakehouse, poultry house, dairy, fruit and vegetable gardens along with stories of servants eating and drinking to much while the family was away.
Curated by Phillipa Glanville, the new displays explore different aspects of dining with the Dukes of Portland from food production to lavish balls and dining in the servants halls. Exhibits include the rare silver wine fountain which came from Holland in 1711 and exquisite 18th centruy Sevres porcelain ice cream pails and serving cups.
Alongside these gorgeous examples of decorative arts are original household bills and recipes, including Robert Harley's chicken curry recipe from 1729 'How to make curry to eat with pillo'.
The Dinner with a Duke talks programme includes Food Historian Ivan Day, Curator Philippa Glanville, Architectural historian, writer and broadcaster Jeremy Musson and artist Jane Wildgoose. Check our broken link page for details.
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Listen to Philipa Glanville and Gallery Director Lisa Gee on BBC 4's Women's Hour here speaking about the domestic history of a large country estate.
Read about Dinner with a Duke in the NADFAS Review Philippa Glanville explains how an exhibition of tableware at the Harley Gallery gives insight into how the Dukes of Portland entertained.