Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it…
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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

Ta$ty ft. Hogarth
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Ta$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’
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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

‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’
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‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’

Trompe l’oeil is an art technique of using realistic imagery to create works which appear to be three dimensional. Trompe l’oeil is French for ‘ to trick or deceive the eye’. Though it has evolved throughout the centuries, it is a technique of painting which stretches back into antiquity. There is an ancient Greek story … Continue reading

Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela
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Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela

Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela was a huge commercial success when it was released in 1741. The rags-to-riches story was highly influential on other authors writing around the time. However, just because the book was popular that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t also controversial. Today, the painfully virtuous Pamela can seem a bit of drag (ok, that’s a … Continue reading