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The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

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The Devonshire Children's Portraits

11 September 2017

Henry Howard, Harriet Cavendish, 1798 Henry Howard was a well-known portraitist and history painter in the late- eighteenth and early- nineteenth centuries, who unfortunately doesn't...

New Video Detailing the Ritual of Dressing

28 August 2017

The Lady Lever Gallery in Liverpool has produced a video detailing how well-to-do women dressed in the eighteenth century.  The seven-minute long video leaves no one pondering...

Sue Williams A’Court

28 July 2017

This blog is guilty of regularly featuring glorious artwork from long-dead artists, but sometimes, just sometimes, it ventures into the land of the living [artist].Sue Williams A'Court...

The Decay of Gordon Castle

2 March 2017

Gordon Castle, the seat of the Duke and Duchess of Gordon in northern (and rather remote Scotland) was considered to be the largest building of Scotland in the eighteenth century. Dating...