"British people, more than the French, started to fall in love with their homes very early in the 19th century. The British middle class tried to impose their values of the "home" on the working class," Isabelle Bonnet, curator of the exhibition, told RFI.
"They finally succeeded, after World War II with the arrival of the television. There was a kind of ‘return to the home’, which was being redefined as a place of leisure. The idea was that they were in less danger at home than in the street," she added.
The many interiors of households across the UK paint a picture of stark differences in social class, from the sometimes bleak to the absurd.
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- Home Sweet Home runs until 22 September in Arles.