Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it…
18th C Art / 18th C Fashion / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / History / Paintings / Prostitution / Women

Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it…

  You may know a variation on the following rhyme: Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it, Not a penny was there in it, Only ribbon round it. This post is about the courtesan who (inappropriately) inspired this children’s rhyme. I am also paying special attention to a beautiful painting of her captured … Continue reading

‘Some swore he was a maid in man’s attire’: Homoerotic Desire in Renaissance Verse <3
Books and Stuff / Lit Crit / Poetry

‘Some swore he was a maid in man’s attire’: Homoerotic Desire in Renaissance Verse <3

I recently had a massive clear-out and unsentimentally chucked out all my old university notes. Or rather, I have three years worth of notes sitting in plastic bags in my room because they wouldn’t fit in the recycling (*sigh*). I came across some work I had done on sexuality and gender in a couple of … Continue reading

Ta$ty ft. Hogarth
18th C Art / 18th C Fashion / 18th C Interiors / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / Paintings

Ta$ty ft. Hogarth

Of all our favourite Words lately none has been more in Vogue, nor so long held its Esteem as that of TASTE. The Universal Spectator (1747) The concept of ‘taste’ was tremendously important in Georgian society. Taste was used to assess fashion, behaviour, and design. The architecture, decoration, and contents of a house, the clothes … Continue reading

Profile: Sarah Siddons ‘tragedy personified’
18th C Art / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / Paintings / Women

Profile: Sarah Siddons ‘tragedy personified’

Though acclaimed authors, poets, and playwrights are often remembered and discussed decades, if not centuries, after they have ceased to write (or, indeed, live), actors are rarely make even a footnote in an essay on this or that. The ephemeral nature of their art, unrecorded until very recently, has much to do with the inevitable … Continue reading

Bluebeard: The Origin Story
Books and Stuff / Fifteenth Century / Lit Crit / Seventeenth Century / Twentieth Century / Women

Bluebeard: The Origin Story

Bluebeard is an odd fairy tale. Unremarkably, for anyone who knows the tale, it has not managed to join its more child-friendly fellows in the Disney hall of fame. Though many of us know that the original Cinderella involved slicing parts off young women’s feet and eyes being pecked out by birds, the discovery of … Continue reading

‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? :  The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
20th C Poetry / Books and Stuff / Lit Crit / Poetry / Twentieth Century

‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? : The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

This is the second post in my series on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). It’s a poem that I never managed to study, but which has always intrigued me. These posts are a record of my attempts to get to grips with one of the most revolutionary poems of all time. Click here … Continue reading