Georgians Revealed at the British Library

Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, until 11 March 2014


Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives.

From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, Georgians Revealed explores the revolution in everyday life that took place between 1714 and 1830. Cities and towns were transformed. Taking tea, reading magazines, gardening and shopping for leisure were commonplace, and conspicuous consumption became the pastime of the emerging middle classes.

Popular culture as we know it began, and with it the unstoppable rise of fashion and celebrity. Art galleries, museums and charities were founded. In this time of incredible innovation, ideas were endlessly debated in the new coffee houses and spread via the information highway that was mass print.

Drawing on the British Library’s uniquely rich and rare collections of illustrated books, newspapers, maps and advertisements, as well as loaned artworks and artefacts, Georgians Revealed brings to life the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who transformed Britain forever.


To celebrate the exhibition, the Library and Cityscapes have created a Georgian garden installation on the Piazza designed by landscape architect and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and funded by The Sackler Trust.

Source: British Library

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to Georgians Revealed at the British Library

  1. Tim says:

    One of the images shown on the British Library link depicts a three cornered card table- something about which I’ve never heard before.
    Do you know anything about this apparent anomaly? Would you ever think of building such a project?


  2. Sylvain says:

    Before understanding it was about the period from George I to George IV, Kings of UK;
    I first thought it was about inhabitants of Georgia (near Armenia) or Georgia (US) and I was wandering why there would be such an exhibition in UK. (And why you would mention it?)

    Best whishes from Belgium for 2014


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