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

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

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

Prostitutes and their Clothes: ‘Beneath the Lamp her tawdry Ribbons glare’
18th C Fashion / 18th C Literature / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Prostitution / Women

Prostitutes and their Clothes: ‘Beneath the Lamp her tawdry Ribbons glare’

This is the first in a series which looks at representations of eighteenth century prostitutes and their clothes in verbal and visual sources. Swiss-born ‘Charles’ Brandoin’s prints, A Modern Demirep on the look-out and The Charming Millener of ___ Street (1771) demonstrate a growing anxiety in the eighteenth century about female dress. This pair of … Continue reading