As a quick follow-up to my blog on illustrations cut from paper, showing life in the Georgian era, here are a few more of the… Read More »More paper cut outs from Richard Hall..
Some of the more remarkable groups of papers surviving from my ancestor’s miscellany are the cut-out illustrations. There are dozens of them, and each must have taken… Read More »Paper cut-outs, illustrating life in the Eighteenth Century
The shadow of the Great Fire of London remained throughout the whole of the Eighteenth Century – and my ancestor Richard Hall recorded every single… Read More »London’s Burning…fires, fear, and insurance in the 1700’s
My ancestor Richard Hall loved to see shows, exhibitions and the like and was in his element when he visited 18 Cheyne Walk Chelsea: “1755… Read More »Don Saltero’s Coffee House – 18 Cheyne Walk
18th August 1720 marked the arrival in this world of someone born with not just the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth but with an entire canteen of hall-marked cutlery. His… Read More »Happy Birthday to the unlovely Laurence Shirley, Earl Ferrers, born 18th August 1720.
Oscar Wilde, in The Importance of being Earnest, extols the benefits of having a Bunbury, but I wonder how real life Bunbury’s reacted to hearing… Read More »Let’s hear it for good old Bunbury! A well-bred observer of life, and of Mankind’s foibles.
Among the papers listed in Richard Hall´s inventory of items at One London Bridge was a second edition of Dr Buchan´s Domestic Medicine. I still… Read More »Buchan’s Domestic Medicine – another look at a ground breaking book
Today marks the death of Scottish-born Allan Ramsay 228 years ago. As a twenty year old Ramsey had travelled from his native Edinburgh, first to London and… Read More »Allan Ramsay (13 October 1713 – 10 August 1784). Portrait painter to King George III