The timelines on this site are an attempt to highlight the major political and cultural events of the years 1895-1914. They are by no means definitive or canonical; aiming instead at a representative selection, gleaned from various texts.  Additions to the timeline are especially welcome: please leave suggestions in the comments box below.

Key Events

January – The Jameson Raid comes to an end.
January – The Kruger Telegram.
May – The Newlyn Riots.
May – The Daily Mail first published by Lord Northcliffe.
September – Victoria becomes the longest reigning monarch.
December – Marconi and wireless telegraphy introduced to the London public.
November – ‘Emancipation Run’ – Speed limit rises from 4 to 14mph.


George du Maurier.
J E Millais.
William Morris.
Coventry Patmore.
Alfred Hunt.
E W Benson.


Alfred Austin appointed Poet Laureate.
First issue of The Savoy Magazine.

A Shropshire Lad – A E Housman.
The Works of Max Beerbohm – Max Beerbohm.
Weir of Hermiston – R L Stevenson.
Verses – Ernest Dowson.
The Greek View of Life – Goldsworthy Ernest Dickinson.
Love’s Coming of Age – Edward Carpenter.
The Island of Dr Moreau – H G Wells.

Art & Architecture

Edward Poynter elected President of the Royal Academy.
Foundation of The Vale Press (by Charles Ricketts and William Hacon).
The National Portrait Gallery moves to St. Martin’s Place.

The Creation of Eve [1896-7] – G F Watts.
The Blood of the Grape – Frank Brangwyn.
Bird Scarring, March 1896 – George Clausen.
Hylas and the Nymphs – J W Waterhouse.
The Cloister or the World – Arthur Hacker.
Self-Portrait 1896 – Walter Sickert.
Nude Seated on a bed – Philip Wilson Steer.

Love and the Mermaid – C J Allen
Charles Keene – George Frampton


The Sign of the Cross by Wilson Barrett plays at the Lyric Theatre after premiering in the US in 1895.
Oscar Wilde’s Salomé premieres in Paris in February.

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