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Kew Palace: The Official Illustrated History

18th-Century Kitchens & Royal Eating

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Lee Prosser, coauthor of "Kew Palace: The Official Illustrated History" and curator, Historic Royal Palaces

When the future King George III (then Prince of Wales) turned 21 in 1759, he gave a banquet, and the shopping list survives: macaroni, parmesan cheese, bottled mineral water, mangoes, and a host of "modern" food that confounds today's impressions of 18th-century eating. Amazingly, the kitchen in which all this food was prepared survives at Kew Palace as the best-preserved example of its period anywhere in Great Britain. The building was abandoned on the death of Queen Charlotte in 1818 and remained forgotten until 2004. Research in preparing for the building’s grand reopening has revealed what the kings ate, and just how the 18th century saw the birth of modern cooking and dining. Questions? E-mail

A reception follows the lecture.

Tickets are free with general museum admission. Secure your seats in advance! Click the "Get Tickets" link above and use your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

About the Speaker
In addition to Kew Palace: The Official Illustrated History, Lee Prosser is the author of Henry VIII: 500 Facts, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII; Kensington Palace: Essential Tales; and Victoria Revealed, produced to coincide with the reopening of Kensington Palace.

​About Rienzi
Rienzi is the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts. Click here for more.

Community Partners: English-Speaking Union of the United States; Historic Royal Palaces, United Kingdom