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Jane Austen in London: A Wall-Sized Map

June 11–September 4, 2022 | Sinton Gallery

Measuring 7 by 13 feet, this map was made in the mid-1700s, about fifty years before Jane Austen began writing her celebrated novels. While Austen’s stories take place mostly in the English countryside, this exhibition will illustrate London locations from both her fiction and her life. Journey past the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral—as well as through cow pastures, timber yards, and waterworks—as you trace your way through the metropolis and its environs. This massive work on paper represents a monumental achievement in cartography, or mapmaking. It also offers a rare opportunity to experience the history of one of the world’s great cities and its connections to one of the world’s great authors. Lent by the Estate of Sallie Robinson Wadsworth.  


Save on admission when you buy online! Admission is free for Taft members; $8 for guests of members; $18 non-members; $16 seniors; Pricing available for groups of 10 or more. Get in touch to learn more. Due to the popularity of this exhibition, reservations in advance are highly encouraged.

Admission includes access to Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility, Jane Austen in London: A Wall-Sized Mapand the museum’s permanent collection galleries located in the Taft historic house. 

Experience the Exhibition

Enjoy special tours, behind-the-scenes insights, and more during this unique exhibition!


Wedding Dress, Sense and Sensibility, 1995, Ang Lee, director. Worn by Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood. Jenny Beavan and John Bright, costume designers

Wedding Dress, Sense and Sensibility, 1995, Ang Lee, director. Worn by Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood. Jenny Beavan and John Bright, costume designers

Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility

June 11–September 4, 2022 | Fifth Third Gallery and Historic House

Jane Austen’s novels have been cherished by millions of readers for two hundred years. Her classic stories have reached many others as adaptations for the screen. Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility features approximately fifty costumes and accessories worn in popular film and television productions. Drawn from the collection of award-winning British costume house Cosprop Ltd., these meticulously tailored ensembles will transport you to the Regency era through ball gowns, wedding dresses, day dresses, hats, jackets, waistcoats, riding habits, and other middle- and upper-class clothing. Fashion & Sensibility provides an unforgettable opportunity to see, up close, costumes worn by Hollywood celebrities including Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. The exhibition brings to life beloved characters from Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park, while revealing powerful themes of class, gender, and social dynamics in Austen’s world.  

Presented by Exhibits Development Group, USA, in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England 



Afternoon Tea

On-Site Program | Under the Garden Tent

Select Thursdays
12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Enhance your special exhibition experience with an intimate afternoon tea among the Taft’s historic garden. Sip tea selections and savor light bites, inspired by the Regency era. Following your tea, enjoy included admission to the special exhibition Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility and the Taft historic house galleries.

$45 Taft members; $65 non-members; $25 for children aged  12 and under No walk-ins.


Exhibition Sponsor



Foundation Support Provided by

The H.B., E.W., and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees

The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust

The Sutphin Family Foundation

The John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees

The Frank J. Kloenne and Jacqueline Dawson Kloenne Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees


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