Georgians Revealed : Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
For over 100 years (1714–1830) a King George sat on the British throne. It was a time of transformation, as cities grew, industry thrived and trade expanded round the world. New prosperity was celebrated in great country houses and beautifully landscaped gardens, while taste and elegance drove social etiquette and fostered a new consumer boom.
Yet what do we really know about the people of this Augustan age, whose beliefs and preoccupations have so influenced our own? Georgians Revealed, which accompanies a major exhibition at the British Library, explores the realities of their daily lives
through a fascinating variety of objects from playbills to porcelain, architects’ plans to fashion plates. The compelling selection traces the Georgians’ famous love of shopping and celebrity, gambling and domestic design, and navigates the rules that governed behaviour from ballrooms to the sporting world. It shows how a passion for entertainment created innovations such as the circus, pantomime and modern ballet, as well as the pleasure gardens and masquerades that brought the spice of intrigue and danger to their clientele.
Spanning high culture and business, consumerism and crime, Georgians Revealedunravels the contradictions and concerns that link the Georgian era so closely to our own.