Today's talk explores the history and collections of one of the world’s great undiscovered treasure houses, Mount Stuart, on the Isle of Bute. The island has been the home of the Stuarts of Bute since the granting of the lands by King Robert the II of Scotland in the year 1400 and the gothic masterpiece that is Mount Stuart is the repository of over 660 years of history and collecting. Home to a vast archive as well as collections of furniture, decorative arts, silver, textiles, as well as a world class art collection, there is a lot to discover.
From early Roman sandals, high-button shoes, and stiletto heels to wedges and platforms, changes in fashionable footwear remind us how shoes have always reflected the personality and status of the wearer.
Parisian salons were known for their conviviality and conversation in the 18th century, but there were strict guidelines about who could attend, the topics of conversation, and social graces. Join us for an afternoon in the Salon Doré as we explore the mores and manners that dominated the decade prior to the French Revolution.