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‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust’ : The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
20th C Poetry / Books and Stuff / Lit Crit / Poetry / Twentieth Century

‘I will show you fear in a handful of dust’ : The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) is similar to many great poems in that I read it once at university and then shoved it hastily back on the shelf and decided to find something else to use for my essay. However, I was browsing my bookshelf the other day and, after amusing myself by reading through … Continue reading

Palacio Real de Madrid
18th C Art / 18th C Interiors / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / Europe / History / Travel

Palacio Real de Madrid

I recently returned from a trip to the lovely city of Madrid and was taken aback by how much I enjoyed my time there. I think Madrid is sometimes over shadowed by the allure of Barcelona, which attractively pairs culture and history with beaches and clubs. However, I loved Madrid and was already thinking about … Continue reading

Piquet: Or Virtue in Danger
18th C Art / 18th C Fashion / 18th C Society / Eighteenth Century / History / Women

Piquet: Or Virtue in Danger

This is just a short blog post discussing one painting by one of my favourite 18th century characters, William Hogarth. His pieces were often designed as social commentary/criticism so there is lots to unpack and you can link these images to how people saw the world around them. I’ve written about a couple before in … Continue reading

‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’
18th C Art / 19th C Art / Eighteenth Century / Nineteenth Century / Paintings

‘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

Flowers and Flutes: Monet’s House and the Museum of Impressionism
19th C Art / 20th C Art / Nineteenth Century / Twentieth Century

Flowers and Flutes: Monet’s House and the Museum of Impressionism

Determined to make the most of my last few weeks in France, I found myself on a train headed towards the small town of Vernon in Northern France. After a hop across the river Seine I was in the village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s House and Gardens. Perhaps the most famous of Monet’s … Continue reading

Well Dressed and Sophisticated: Highmore’s Pamela
18th C Art / 18th C Fashion / 18th C Literature / Books and Stuff / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Novels / Paintings / Women

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