A rather nice gentle caricature, originally by Henry William Bunbury, but engraved by Thomas Rowlandson, showing a group of gentlemen gathered to enjoy a smoke.… Read More »The joys of smoking a churchwarden pipe, courtesy of Bunbury and Rowlandson
I have always thought that of all the Olympic sports, the triple jump was one of the most comic and ungainly (being ‘old school’ I… Read More »Hop Step and Jump – from Napoleon to the Olympics.
In 1742 William Hogarth was commissioned to paint a satirical piece about fashion for a slightly eccentric and forceful lady called Mary Edwards. She got… Read More »Taste in High Life: Fashions – in 1742 and 1793. From a lady in red to a lord called Anne…
I must admit I was familiar with a couple of paintings without appreciating that they were both by Henry Raeburn, a Scottish artist who lived between 1756 and… Read More »Henry Raeburn, one of Scotland’s finest.