On 26 July 1745 twenty-two ladies gathered in a field on Gosden Common near Guildford. Half of them – the maids of Hambledon – wore… Read More »26th July – a date for the history books. (What do you mean, ‘It’s not cricket’?)
I saw this James Gillray etching on the Lewis Walpole site, while sheltering from the scorching sun and idly going through caricatures (as one does).… Read More »Oh to be at Mrs Kelsey’s shop, enjoying a nice fruit jelly, now that summer’s here!
When George III died in 1820 his son the Prince Regent was keen to get his name on to the roll-call of British monarchs as… Read More »19 July 1821 – a coronation two hundred years ago
Two versions of Fast Day, one by Thomas Rowlandson and one by Richard Newton … both featuring somewhat corpulent clergymen!
I thought it would be interesting to do a few blogs on clergymen and how they were shown in 18th century caricatures. First up, a… Read More »Two versions of Fast Day, one by Thomas Rowlandson and one by Richard Newton … both featuring somewhat corpulent clergymen!
One of the perks about writing is that one occasionally gets an interesting invite to preview days – such as the Press Day at Buckingham… Read More »Perambulating the Palace gardens – and a few rambling thoughts about gin and Waterloo…
A rather nice George Cruikshank print from 1819, published by Thomas Tegg and appearing at the Lewis Walpole Library site. It has the full title… Read More »The Regent taking a dip at Brighton: how the world looked on.