Exhibition: Georgians Revealed at the British Library

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I have a suspicion that, for the next five months, the British Library is going to be my second home. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a preview of their new exhibition ‘Georgians Revealed’ – commemorating the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I to the throne – and I was mightily impressed [I shan’t hold the BL accountable for the rather unfortunate encounter I had with a pigeon when exploring the pop-up Georgian garden].

As well as featuring objects associated with big names such as Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Robert Adam and David Garrick the spotlight is also cast on the entertainments and pleasures of wider Georgian society. A pair of shoes designed to be worn at the seaside, a gorgeously scribbled clothier’s order book, a fancy teacup, a broadside advertising the arrival of a “Sagacious Learned Goose” into Haymarket – all offer a little glimpse of…

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