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

February – First fatality from an automobile accident.
June – Foundation of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
June – Convention Between Great Britain and China Respecting an Extension of Hong Kong Territory.
September – Mahdist War.
September – The Fashoda Incident.


Aubrey Beardsley.
Lewis Carroll [Charles Dodgson].
Edward Burne-Jones.
W.E. Gladstone.
Henry Bessemer.
Samuel Plimsoll.


Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde [C.3.3]
Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant – George Bernard Shaw.
Wessex Poems and Other Verses – Thomas Hardy.
Elizabeth and her German Garden – Elizabeth von Arnim.
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James.
Evelyn Innes – George Moore.
Rupert of Hentzau – Anthony Hope.
Dream Days – Kenneth Grahame.
The War of the Worlds – H.G.Wells.
A Man from the North – Arnold Bennett.
Forest Lovers – Maurice Hewlett.

Art & Architecture

First exhibition of International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, Kensington.
Exhibition of French Art at the Guildhall Gallery, London.

Gold and Brown: Self-Portrait – James McNeill Whistler.
Asher Wertheimer – John Singer Sargent.
Portrait of Cecil Rhodes – G F Watts.
An Offering – Frank Dicksee.
The Forge – Alfred Wolmark.
Stranded – Alfred Munnings.
The Harvester’s Supper – Henri La Thangue.
Seated Nude – Philip Wilson Steer
Moses and the Brazen Serpent – Augustus John.
Illustrations from ‘The Ingoldsby Legends, or Mirth and Marvels’, by Thomas Ingoldsby – Arthur Rackham.

Bather – W H Thornycroft.
The Girdle – W R Colton.
Perseus – F W Pomeroy.



Foundation of the Folk Song Society.

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