In 1799 the seventy-year old Richard Hall was looking forward to the launch of a new magazine – to give it its correct title “The… Read More »A new Magazine of Natural History, 30th November 1799
1761, June 11: went with Miss Boswell to Vauxhall Gardens So Richard recalls his tryst with Miss Boswell – and him a married man! I… Read More »Vauxhall Gardens, two hundred and fifty years ago.
In this way my ancestor Richard Hall noted that his long-case clock, bought in London some eight years previously, had been transported by Mr Endall,… Read More »The long case clock (Part Two) – an 18th century masterpiece
In the Seventeenth Century the longcase clock grew out of the brass ‘chamber clock’ or lantern clock which had a removable wooden hood (it had… Read More »Hickory dickory dock – the history of the longcase clock (Part 1)
Born on 18 November 1787, Daguerre was a French painter and stage designer, who gave his name to the daguerreotype, the first practical and commercially… Read More »Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851) – say ‘cheese’!
Self-portrait Godfrey Kneller (born Gottfried Kniller in Lübeck, Germany in 1646 and died in 1723) was the foremost portrait painter of his age. He came to England in… Read More »Sir Godfrey Kneller, artist, died 7th November 1723.
Yes, there have actually been other things which happened on 5th November besides Mr Guido Fawkes and his failed plot ! This day in 1743 Richard Cosway was born in… Read More »Born this day 1743, the artist Richard Cosway