Shopping for fabric, 1809

Description

Though manufactured goods had traditionally been sold in small shops and markets since medieval times, it was during the Georgian era that high street retailing really took off. The 18th century saw the emergence of huge retail markets in Britain where, after 1750, high-class shops crowded the main thoroughfares of London. Shops with large window displays selling high-end, luxury goods expanded rapidly during the period, all of which appealed to the vogue among the wealthy for shopping and browsing as a social activity. Tailors, milliners, jewellers, furniture-makers, tea and coffee merchants, stationers, booksellers and linen drapers (such as Harding and Howell of Pall Mall pictured here) existed among the multitude of different trades represented on the high street, all catering to a rich variety of tastes.

Full title:
The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics
Published:
1809, London
Format:
Periodical / Illustration / Image
Creator:
Rudolph Ackermann
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.119.f.1.

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