The Ladies of Kenwood

© English Heritage Archives 'Frederica, Countess of Mansfield', attributed to George Saunders
The ways in which generations of women have influenced the appearance of Robert Adam's Kenwood House is the subject of this exhibition. While Kenwood is closed for repairs, the show includes sculptures, paintings, furniture and jewellery from the house –including Kenwood's collection of miniatures and 1,500 shoe buckles. It explores both the 'upstairs' lives of Kenwood's eighteenth-century Mansfield Countesses and the 'downstairs' world of their female servants, as well as the story of the woman caught between the two – Dido Belle, the mixed race great-niece of the first Earl of Mansfield.


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