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Twenty Things You Never Knew About the Georgians

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Eighteenth Century

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Allan Ramsay 1762

Presentation Background


Based on my book “100 things about the Georgians”, a powerpoint presentation illustrating some of the more quirky and whimsical facts about life in the Long Eighteenth Century.

“The Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to c. 1830–1837, named after the Hanoverian Kings George I, George II, George III and George IV. The definition of the Georgian era is often extended to include the relatively short reign of William IV, which ended with his death in 1837. The subperiod that is the Regency era is defined by the regency of George IV as Prince of Wales during the illness of his father George III. The transition to the Victorian era was characterized in religion, social values, and the arts by a shift in tone away from rationalism and toward romanticism and mysticism.

The term Georgian is typically used in the contexts of social and political history and architecture… The term Georgian era is not applied to the time of the two 20th-century British kings of this name, George V and George VI. Those periods are simply referred to as Georgian.”

SPACEHOLDER: Wikipedia – 2022

George III
Allan Ramsay 1762

Presentation – Summary & Highlights

Georgian society and its preoccupations were well portrayed in the novels of writers such as Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Mary Shelley and Jane Austen, characterised by the architecture of Robert Adam, John Nash and James Wyatt and the emergence of the Gothic Revival style, which hearkened back to a supposed golden age of building design.

The flowering of the arts was most vividly shown in the emergence of the Romantic poets, principally through Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Blake, John Keats, Lord Byron and Robert Burns. Their work ushered in a new era of poetry, characterized by vivid and colourful language, evocative of elevating ideas and themes.

The paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and the young J. M. W. Turner and John Constable illustrated the changing world of the Georgian period – as did the work of designers like Capability Brown, the landscape designer.

Fine examples of distinctive Georgian architecture are Edinburgh’s New Town, Georgian Dublin, Grainger Town in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Georgian Quarter of Liverpool and much of Bristol and Bath.

The music of John Field, Handel, Haydn, Clementi, Johann Christian Bach, William Boyce, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn was some of the most popular in England at that time.

SPACEHOLDER: Wikipedia – 2022

BOOK Summary

The Georgians in 100 FACTS by MIKE RENDELL

The Georgian era is known for its lavish fashions and sumptuous food, as well as being a time of great social and political change. It saw the birth of the Industrial Revolution, the abolition of the slave trade and the expansion of the British Empire throughout the world. It is also an era greatly associated with the Arts – prolific writers and artists such as Shelley, Wordsworth, Austen and Turner changed the British cultural landscape.History is not just about kings and queens, or battles lost and won, it is also about the way ordinary people lived and changed the world around them.

Mike Rendell covers some of the weird and wonderful facts about the era, as well as debunking some of the myths, in easy-to-read, bite-size sections. Find out about the vicar who discovered aspirin and the man who made his fortune from a toothbrush, alongside the personal lives of the monarchy.

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Allan Ramsay 1762

Visit these sites to continue your exploration, expand your horizons with new cultural opportunities,

and contribute to charitable organizations helping people – wherever we travel.

The Victoria & Albert – A Family of Design, Art, and Performance Museums 

The Royal Collection Shop – Buckingham Palace

The Royal Collection Trust – Royal Palaces, Residences and Art Collections

History of the Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle” – at

The British Royal Family – Official Webpage

The Children’s Society a UK National Children’s Charity allied to the Church of England

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Mike Rendell

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