Savannah Families Abroad: the Consumption of Culture in the 19th Century

Telfair Academy April 13, 2018– March 10, 2019

Savannah Families Abroad at Telfair MusuemsThe exploration and consumption of cultures deemed ‘Other’ has been a common pastime in the West for hundreds of years.  This exhibition looks at this phenomenon from its more innocent and educational incarnation, The Grand Tour, to the more insidious and damaging results of Orientalism.  It will feature many of the lavish souvenirs wealthy Americans procured to commemorate their journey and as marks of their own refinement.  While on the Grand Tour, Margaret Telfair met and married William Brown Hodgson, a fascinating man with vast intellectual interests. A former diplomat to the Barbary States, Algeria, the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Peru, Hodgson spoke 13 languages including Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit. Considering Hodgson’s fascination with cultures of the East, part of the exhibition will feature fine and decorative arts obtained and showcased by Europeans searching for the exoticism of the Orient.


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Lecture and Reception
Thursday, August 16 | 6pm
Members free / non-members $8
Pre-registration required, space is limited.

Join Shannon Browning-Mullis, Curator of History and Decorative Arts, for a talk that examines the travels of 19th-century Savannahians. A reception will follow.


Curator’s Tour
Friday, June 15 | 2pm
Members free / non-members with museum admission

Shannon Browning-Mullis will lead a tour of highlights from the exhibition.