A touch of glass at Lindesay, Darling Point

The National Trust (NSW) will not only showcase 40 rare pieces of Georgian Glass from the Havelberg-Smith collection at Lindesay, at Darling Point – we are also welcoming a special guest to the Open Day on Saturday 17 August: world-renowned glass artist Brian Hirst.

Brian Hirst is known for his interpretation and referencing of historic styles in his work, particularly the iridescent surfaces of classical Roman glass, and he will share his expertise with lovers of rare glass collections at Lindesay.


Georgian Glass: Colonial Style features items dating from 1700 – 1840, including candlesticks, serving ware, wine glasses, rummer glasses, decanters and jugs. Brian will explore these pieces, as well as talk about his own work as an Australian glass artist with an international reputation, his influences and his personal collection of historic and contemporary glass.


National Trust (NSW) Collections Manager, Rebecca Pinchin, says the range of the items included in the display showcase the major changes in style and taste during the Georgian era.


“This collection highlights stylistic changes in English glass, driven by advances in technology and changes in the way people ate, drank and socialised,” said Rebecca Pinchin.


“We’re very excited to have Brian Hirst, who is so well regarded internationally as a glass artist, come to Lindesay’s Open Day on Saturday 17 August; this is also a fantastic opportunity for the public to view one of our most picturesque properties which is not normally open on a weekend,” said Deputy CEO, Richard Silink.


The National Trust (NSW)’s extensive collection of Georgian era glass has been visited by thousands across the state. The display of rare items has been touring the organisation’s heritage properties throughout New South Wales since late last year.


Georgian Glass: Colonial Style will also be on display at Lindesay, Darling Point every Wednesday until 25 September 2019. Tickets for the open day are available here.