Age of Money
The story of Britain through its art. In the 18th century, the triumph of commerce led to the emergence of a new 'middle' class, who craved pleasure and novelty.
In the 18th century, the triumph of commerce led to the emergence of a new 'middle' class, a group of people who craved pleasure and novelty, and developed its own tastes in art. The result was a golden age in painting, with Hogarth, Reynolds and Gainsborough reinventing the British style.
The story ends in 1805 with the burial of Horatio Nelson, a commoner, at the heart of St Paul's: the supremacy of the middle class assured.
|Executive Producer||Basil Comely|