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Fit for a King: Indian Chintz for the Court of Siam

John Guy will reveal the techniques of, and influences on, creating the dazzling painted cottons produced in the 17th and 18th centuries.

India has long been famed for its production of the world's finest painted cottons, traded thoughout the Indian Ocean world and beyond. In this lecture, John Guy, Senior Curator, South and Southeast Asian Art, V&A, presents the superb textiles produced for the court of Siam from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The lecture will conclude with textiles produced for use at court during the reigns of King Monkot and King Chulalongkorn - contemporaries of Queen Victoria - and will examine the royal decrees issued instructing memebers of the court to adopt elements of western dress in the quest for modernity.


John Guy | talks


Date and Time:

28 April 2004 at 7:15 pm


1 hour



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
Learning and Interpretation
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road
+44 20 79 42 21 89

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£8.50. Concessions apply

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To book call 0207 942 2211 or visit the V&A website at www.vam.ac.uk.

Additional Information:

Concessionary Rates: V&A Members and Senior Citizens: £6.50, Students: £5.50, Disabled and ES40-holders: £3.50, Carer accompanying a disabled person: free.

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