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ART & ARCHITECTURE IN IMPERIAL FARNBOROUGH: The Empress Eugenie in Exile 1880-1920 Anthony Geraghty Thursday 26 September 2019

In this talk, Anthony Geraghty of the University of York, will introduce us to Farnborough Hill, a large county house on the Surrey/Hampshire borders, which between 1880 and 1920 was home to the Empress Eugenie, the widow of Napoleon III and the last Empress of France.  He will  show how the house was remodelled for the Empress and her retinue, and he will describe the remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts that was displayed in the house until its dispersal in 1927.


Anthony Geraghty is Professor of the History of Art at the University of York. He has recently completed a book on the Empress Eugenie in Farnborough.


The image shows the Empress Eugenie surrounded by her ladies in waiting painted by Franz Xavier Winterhalter