The UNESCO CULTURE lecture at Hampton Court House

The Love Letter by Francois Boucher, the National Gallery, Washington D.C.

The Love Letter by Francois Boucher, the National Gallery, Washington D.C.

Pleasure and sensation in 18th century France

We take it for granted that we are free to enjoy whatever appeals to us. But this hasn’t always been the case. Before the 18th century many of life’s pleasures were justified on account of their moral potential.

This illustrated talk will explain how it became increasingly acceptable in 18th century France to enjoy the pleasures of life for their own sake, in luxury goods and otherwise - sometimes to scandalous effect!

With your guide Andrew Spira, from world-renowned auction house Christie’s, indulge your eyes and soul on a rich menu of French culture in this juicy evening art salon.

Meet the speaker

Andrew Spira

Andrew is the Programme Director for Fine and Decorative Art at Christie's Education. 

He graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art before completing an MA in museum and gallery management at City University, London. He worked at the Temple Gallery, London (specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons), and as a curator at the V&A, where he specialised in 18th century British art.

He also specialises in Russian art. He published The avant-garde icon: Russian avant-garde art and the icon painting tradition in 2008. For 20 years he has been leading tours to cultural sites in western Europe, Russia, Armenia and Georgia. He has been Programme Director at Christie's Education since 2004.

Book your tickets for this juicy evening art salon

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 7.30pm. Drinks and conversation from 6.45pm.
Venue: Hampton Court House, KT8 9BS.


This event celebrates our partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.