Dove Cottage
11.00 - 12.00pm

The age of Romanticism (late 18th and early 19th-centuries) coincided with the intense and ruthless expansion of British colonial influence in Asia. Cultures previously unknown to the British public would suddenly provide an endless source of inspiration for speculation and imagination. Samuel Taylor Coleridge would write of Emperors of China, Robert Southey of Hinduism, and William Wordsworth would lose his brother, John, whilst on business with the infamous East India Company.  Ellis Huddart, Collections Trainee, will examine how the Romantic writers fed upon stereotypes of a wild yet lavish ‘East’, and helped to inform the later Victorian obsession with the ‘Orient’.’

Cost: £7 (including tea & toast)

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