I love the Victorian and Edwardian ages for their 'high art' sensibilities. The architecture, sculpture, paintings, and interiors of the Gilded Age fill a couple of hundred books at my home, in Havencrest Castle's library. They have inspired my work for 40 years.
Unfortunately, the historical record for this period shows us many examples of callousness to social issues. In many ways, the Titanic tragedy illustrates the great divide at that time, between the economic classes, genders, and more. It almost seems that social barriers were built with stronger steel than that used to build the great ship.