Visiting the gallery
Daily 10.00–17.30 (20.30 on Fridays)
The 19th century saw unprecedented economic growth in Europe, accompanied by immense social and political upheavals.
For Britain, the 19th century was a period of stability and industrial supremacy. On the continent, France underwent three revolutions, while the second half of the century saw the unification of Germany and Italy.
The nationalist sentiment that lay behind these events often paid homage to the great ages of the past. This is reflected in the objects shown in Room 47, many of which have borrowed motifs from earlier historical periods.
During this period, international exhibitions fostered the growth of machine technology, yet traditional craftsmanship flourished alongside.