June 2019

Regency Revelations: The journal of a Regency dandy

Welcome to The Arts Society Clapham Common
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:00
Clapham Picturehouse
76 Venn Street London SW4 0AT

The diary of a wealthy, well-connected and often very opinionated 'gentleman'

"He was the most spiteful, sly and vindictive and wicked man I have ever met." Written by his nephew, this brutally honest inscription begins one volume of the lost private journals of John Margesson Esq (1794-1866) which was discovered by chance in a quantity of books bought on eBay in 2010.

Covering two years of Margesson's life, from summer 1831 to summer 1833, the journal begins with his return from exile in France to the Sussex country house where he grew up, before moving to London, and ending in Rome via France. Written in beautiful copperplate, he gives an intimate and intensely personal glimpse into his world - his wanderings and his musings as he goes about his daily life. Each element will be put into the context of the age and will be illustrated with etchings, drawings and, where possible, photographs. We'll also examine the current affairs and notable characters Margesson mentions and how they were received and perceived at the time.


Mr Mark Hill

Studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons), and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby's where he was a Specialist in the Collectors' Department. Became director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay Live Auctions. Was co-author of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide with Judith Miller from 2002-17. Founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has since published over 12 books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts. A Miscellaneous expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007, and has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2. An auctioneer running 20th century design auctions in partnership with Dawsons Auctioneers. Has lectured across the world, including at the V&A in London, and contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.