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Sense and Sensation: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century

Synopsis
An exploration of the arts in eighteenth-century London, written and presented by historian John Brewer. The film considers the world of commerce and celebrity in which Georgian culture was created. A world, Brewer argues, that has many parallels with today. John Brewer relates the remarkable stories of entrepreneur Jonathan Tyers, who oversaw the high art and low morals of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and of Anna Larpent, a voracious reader, gallery-goer and theatre-lover. Actor-manager David Garrick and literary giant Samuel Johnson are other key characters, as is John Gay, the writer of the ‘The Beggar’s Opera’.

The film is illustrated with prints and paintings of the period and also features reconstructions in its analysis of the arts and their audiences as English high culture first emerged.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2002
Year of production
2002
Notes
First broadcast on BBC4 on 5/8/02
Documentation
Accompanying book ‘The Pleasures of the Imagination’ by John Brewer, available separately
Subjects
Arts and Humanities; History
Keywords
arts; cultural evolution; history of England; history of the 18th century; social history; Georgian culture

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£!6.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
50 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

Illuminations

Email
louise@illuminationsmedia.co.uk
Web
http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7288 8400
Fax
020 7288 8488
Address
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8NU
Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

 

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