A couple of prints sixty years apart, showing a late night drinking scene. In the first, by William Hogarth, we see the scene at four… Read More »Late-night drinking sessions – contrast and compare: Hogarth v Newton
BLOG – View and Search: “The Mostly-Mannered Musings of Richard Hall”
I came across this print on the Lewis Walpole Library site – oddly enough while looking up prints showing Captain William Bligh. Apparently the dandy… Read More »Cruikshank’s view of the Bon Ton, c. 1817
A perusal of the online version of the Daily Mail suggests a contemporary fascination with “wardrobe malfunctions” and whether or not fashionistas on the red… Read More »A look at what lies beneath… fashion 1796 – 1818
Googling the word ‘refinement’ brought up a couple of interesting caricatures: I rather like this fashion print (courtesy of the British Museum) showing what the… Read More »Two versions of refinement – London Refinement, 1787 and the Refinement of Language, 1802.
There is no delicate way of putting it: my ancestor Richard Hall had problems with wind. He diarised ways of avoiding it (basically by not… Read More »Wind, or Flatulence, otherwise Oppression of the Stomach.
If ever a man was a product of his century, it was Dr John Wall – physician, artist, entrepreneur, man of vision, and arbiter of… Read More »John Wall – physician, artist and famous businessman, died 27th June 1776.
In researching a number of Eighteenth Century scientists I keep coming across mention of the Copley Medal – recipients such as Benjamin Franklin (electricity) John… Read More »The man behind the medal: Sir Godfrey Copley.