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Georgians Revealed

Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

Until 11 March 2014

Adults: £9, Under 18s: Free, Other concessions available

Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasure-obsessed? 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, dancing, 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.

  • Tom & Jerry at a Coffee Shop near the Olympic

    I.R. and G. Cruikshank. 'Tom & Jerry at a Coffee Shop near the Olympic'

    Pierce Egan, Life in London. London, 1823 (British Library. 838.i.2)

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  • Plans, Elevations, and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor House

    John Soane. Plans, Elevations, and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor House

    London, 1833. (British Library, C.190.b.22.(2))

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  • Pair of men’s shoes

    Pair of men’s shoes

    c.1790 (Northampton Museum)

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  • The Nobleman and Gentleman’s Director … in the True Choice of Their Wheel-Carriages

    The Nobleman and Gentleman’s Director … in the True Choice of Their Wheel-Carriages

    London, 1763 (British Library, 62.a.33)

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  • The Compleat Gamester

    The compleat gamester 

    Richard Seymour London (1734) (British Library, 1040.b.29)

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  • Grimaldi's Leap-Frog

    Grimaldi's Leap-Frog

    William Heath's coloured engraving (British Library, Dex.315)

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Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

 Type:Exhibition
 Date:8 November - 11 March 2014
 Times:Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 18.00  (closes 20.00 on Tue)
Sat: 10.00 - 17.00
Sun: 11.00 - 17.00
Plus - 'last chance to see' - extra late evenings
 Prices:Adults £9
Under 18s free
Over 60s: £7
Students: £5
Other concessions available
 Address:The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
How to get to the Library
 Enquiries:boxoffice@bl.uk | +44 (0)1937 546546.
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