Behind Closed Doors in Jane Austen’s England

“The dusk spreads from the river. Candles are lit all over London. The clatter of shuttering echoes and answers as every house in the Georgian metropolis fortifies itself against the advancing dark.”

And so begins this atmospheric volume on living in Georgian England, the England of Eliza Bennet and Mr Darcy, of dances at Almack’s and exquisitely decorated country houses.

With chapters entitled “His and Hers”, “Wallpaper and Taste” and “A Nest of Comforts” Amanda Vickery brings the English Georgian household to life with engaging literary style and interior illustrations.

Henry Walton, Sir Robert and Lady Buxton and their Daughter Anne, circa 1786, oil on canvas.

Lady Jane Matthew and her Daughters, circa 1790, oil on canvas. Note the fine workbox in the centre of of the painting.

Visit Amanda’s website here.

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