Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Distributed for British Library
Yet what do we really know about the people of this Augustan Age, whose beliefs and preoccupations have so influenced our own? Georgians Revealed 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 behavior 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 Revealed unravels the contradictions and concerns that link the Georgian era so closely to our own.