THE STAFFORD GALLERY
The Greatest Art Collection of Regency London

PETER HUMFREY
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This in-depth analysis of the Stafford Gallery shows how it represented the greatest art collection in Regency London during the quarter century of its existence, from 1806 to 1830. The book also provides the first detailed history of the Bridgewater collection, tracing the story from the Third Duke of Bridgewater’s purchases in Rome in the 1750s, to the major acquisitions of the 1790s, through the incorporation of the collection into the Stafford Gallery by the Second Marquess of Stafford, and finally to its reinstallation by Lord Francis Egerton in the new Bridgewater House in 1851. As well as providing a detailed account of the personalities and differing motives of three generations of owners, the book examines the ways in which the collection was arranged and displayed. It also discusses reactions to it by contemporaries, from sophisticated critics such as William Hazlitt to the general public.