Live History Class: Georgian Art and Literature

Paintings of an exhibition at the Royal Academy and a book shop in the 18th century. In the first painting, a crowd of Georgian people look at the paintings, filling every inch of the high walls. In the second painting, people talk to each other and look at books on the shelves, so high there are ladders leaning against the stacks.

Join our virtual history classes on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 4:30pm BST to learn about key aspects of the Georgian period, when Benjamin Franklin was living in London. Together we will uncover the past and develop historical skills!

In this class we’ll look at the styles of art and literature which were popular in the Georgian era. We’ll learn all about famous artists such as Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough as well as how people saw their artwork at exhibitions. We’ll also see how the novel grew in popularity and look at influential writers like Jane Austen before making our own 18th century-style portrait!

Activity materials: pencil, paper, paints (optional)

Most suitable for KS2 and KS3 (US Grades 2-8) but all ages welcome!

Watch the class below: