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

Roxana; Or, the Mistress of many Editions
18th C Literature / Books and Stuff / Eighteenth Century / History / Lit Crit / Women

Roxana; Or, the Mistress of many Editions

Picking up a copy of Daniel Defoe’s 1724 novel Roxana today, it is easy to take the unfolding narrative for granted. However, for just under two hundred years, readers in the 18th and 19th centuries were not reading the same story we do. Instead the Roxana novels from the 1740s onwards – due to continuations … Continue reading