An Exhibition
Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain highlights the evolution of leisure in 19th-century England. During this spectacular age of extravagance and spectacle, Britain experienced a profound revolution of scientific innovation, economic growth and artistic exploration. As a result, a new culture of leisure emerged, fueled by the wealth and affluence of the cultural elite. This comprehensive exhibition offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyles of the 19th-century British aristocracy.
A WEALTH OF OBJECTS

The remarkable range of works on display were chosen to reveal the lavish lifestyle of 19th-century England's most influential and affluent citizens.
They include:

 

  • A rare royal commission by Edwin Henry Landseer

  • A porcelain dinner service once owned by the Duke of Hamilton

  • A stunning 17th-century portrait by Dutch master Pieter Claesz Soutman

  • A first edition numbered copy of the Portland Vase by Wedgwood

  • A pair of silve gilt tazze made for King George III
“Aristocracy will be the most ambitious public exhibition from M.S. Rau to date. It weaves a compelling narrative about the intersection of entertainment and innovation, and is the first of its kind to explore the culture of 19th-century leisure on such a grand and comprehensive scale.”
 Bill Rau, owner of M.S. Rau Antiques.
EXPERIENCE THE EXHIBITION
The Aristocrat's Life

An exciting time for technology, science and the arts, British culture of the 19th century found itself at a crossroads - awakening to change with echoes of the past still visible. While strict rules of etiquette still governed society, opulence and entertainment emerged as a driving socioeconomic force that became a central facet of aristocratic life. Through an exploration of the elaborate leisure culture that defined the era, the exhibition will reveal the complex ways in which the English aristocracy displayed – and ultimately preserved – its vast wealth and social power in the face of a rapidly changing economic structure.

Explore the Collection

Edwin Henry Landseer, Portrait of an Arab Mare with Her Foal

Pieter Claesz Soutman
Portrait of a Lady

First-Edition Portland Vase by Wedgwood

Preview the Collection

On view at M.S. Rau Antiques'
French Quarter gallery

October 21 — January 20

Monday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION

630 Royal Street
New Orleans

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A Life of Leisure
Through four main themes, the exhibition offers an intriguing glimpse into the extravagance and
 spectacle of this superlative period.

THE GREAT EXHIBITION

THE GRAND TOUR

THE LONDON SEASON

THE COUNTRY ESTATE