Murray O’Grady

The other person I interviewed was Murray O’Grady, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy Schools, who has a pop-up exhibition in the basement of one of the shops in Burlington Arcade.   He has a long-standing and well-developed interest in the history of dandyism, tracing dandyism in London back to Beau Brummell, who instructed the Prince of Wales in the niceties of how to wear a cravat and spent £800 a year on clothes until he was forced to escape his creditors by moving to France.   Byron called Watier’s Club, much frequented by Brummell and his set as ‘the Dandy Club’.   Carlyle described a dandy in Sartor Resartus ‘a clothes-wearing Man whose trade, office and existence consists in the wearing of Clothes’:-

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