04 March 2009
The murky world of sexual intrigue and scandal in 18th Century London is the theme of a series of public evening lectures to be held at London’s Hunterian Museum this Spring. Inspired by the museum’s exhibits – including a sheep-gut condom and syphilitic skulls from the 18th century – four leading authors explore the weird and sometimes dangerous sex-lives of some of Georgian Britain’s most notorious figures.
“Sex and medicine have always gone hand-in-hand,” said Simon Chaplin, Director of the Hunterian Museum. “From sex-addiction to adultery, teenage pregnancy to venereal disease, sex was big business for Georgian doctors. It was certainly part of the experience of a leading surgeon like John Hunter. These lectures will lift the blanket on the tangled love-lives of some of his friends, patients and contemporaries.”
The Evening Lecture series, which is for adults-only, includes:
- The Surgeon, the Countess, her husband and his lover – Thursday 19 March, 7pm – Hunter biographer Wendy Moore discusses how John Hunter and his friend the Countess of Strathmore were drawn into the clandestine world of illegitimate babies and abortions.
- ‘In armour complete’ – or not – Thursday 23 April, 7pm – actor and historian Ian Kelly gives a frank account the dandy-libertine lifestyles of Giacomo Casanova and Beau Brummell.
- Making sex electric: Dr James Graham and his ‘celestial bed’ – Wednesday 20 May, 7pm – Lydia Syson tells the story of Britain’s first sex guru and his unconventional and flamboyant approach to medicine.
- The scandalous Worsleys: sex and celebrity divorce in the 18th Century – Thursday 11 June, 7pm – Hallie Rubenhold discusses the infamous trial of Maurice George Bisset and the 27 other lovers of Lady Worsley.
Tickets cost £5, booking essential on 020 7869 6560.
The Hunterian Museum will be open on the night to ticket holders from 6pm
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