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Furniture History - Victoria 1837 - 1901

Due to the inability of the sons of George III to produce any legitimate male heirs, Victoria, the only child of his fourth son, became Queen aged just 18. Her very long reign saw the establishment of the British Empire, a marked rise in living standards due to the advances of the Industrial Revolution and unprecedented wealth of the population due to expanding worldwide trade. The new professional classes had a spending power previously only available to the aristocracy and Victoria’s reign offered a stability and self-confidence not known before.