Single Pringles in the Eighteenth Century
18th C Literature / Eighteenth Century / History / Women

Single Pringles in the Eighteenth Century

Being a single woman in the eighteenth century could be hard work. Ideally, you would marry an old, rich man who would die whilst you were still young leaving you a wealthy, independent widow. Sadly, this only worked out for a few fortunate women. Most women were left emotionally and financially vulnerable after the death … Continue reading

5 Tea Facts from the Eighteenth Century
18th C Art / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / Europe / History / Paintings

5 Tea Facts from the Eighteenth Century

Tea was an important commodity in the eighteenth century. As I’ve read more than my fair share of tea-related historical research over the last few months, I thought I’d share five of my favourite tea facts from the eighteenth century. When tea was first introduced to England it was drunk out of small, round bowls … Continue reading

William Redmore Bigg’s Poor Old Woman’s Comfort
18th C Art / 18th C Interiors / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / History / Paintings / Women

William Redmore Bigg’s Poor Old Woman’s Comfort

  This intriguing painting was created by prolific genre painter William Redmore Bigg in the 1790s. The painting was put on display at the Royal Academy of Art in 1793 with the title, Poor Old Woman’s Comforts. William Redmore Bigg was well known for his moralistic depictions of country life, he often chose to paint … Continue reading

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