Posted by: hiddenlondon | February 24, 2014

Georgian London

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The Georgian era of British history is a period which spans the reigns of the first four Hanoverian kings of Great Britain, who were all named ‘George’ (Georges 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th). The era covers the period from 1714 to 1837, and in many ways, it was a period which set the standards for much of our life today.  The arts, architecture and social changes of that time, in particular, can be seen all around us.  London increased in size greatly during this period and so, much of the architecture of inner London is Georgian in origin.  Popular culture as we know it also began here, with the rise of the cult of celebrity and fashion.

soannepittshanger-492x276There’s still time to get to a wonderful exhibition celebrating this amazing period, at the British Library.  As well as collections of illustrated books, newspapers, maps, advertisements, and loaned artworks and artefacts, the library has a garden installation in the piazza.  Exhibition runs until March 11th.

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If you want to know more about the period of London’s history, look no further than historian and blogger Lucy Inglis.  Her wonderful blog Georgian London can be found here, and her book, Georgian London: Into the Streets, was released last September to great acclaim.

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Georgians Revealed at the British Library until March 11th
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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  1. Thanks for this timely reminder. I have been meaning to go and time is running out!

    • It was a fascinating period and well worth finding out about.


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