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Jane Austen: Art Critic

Inquiring Readers: Who knew? Jane Austen not only viewed works of art when visiting London, in one letter she spoke particularly well of a painting by Benjamin West, a successful American transplant in that city, whose major patron was King George III.....
From: Jane Austen's World on 3 Oct 2021

September 21

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Price Three Shillings per single Dozen, Two Shillings and Sixpence per Dozen by the Quantity.” As fall arrived in 1771 advertisements for almanacs began appearing in newspapers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 21 Sep 2021

This Week on Dispatches: Edna Gabler on the Silence of Slavery in Revolutionary War Art

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews writer, editor, researcher, and JAR contributor Edna Gabler on her recent study of images of enslaved... The post This Week on Dispatches: Edna Gabler on the Silence of Slavery in Revolutionary...

The Silence of Slavery in Revolutionary War Art

“His Britannic Majesty shall with all convenient speed, and without causing any Destruction, or carrying away any Negroes or other Property of the American... The post The Silence of Slavery in Revolutionary War Art appeared first on Journal of the...

Henry Pelham and History Painting

While Henry Pelham’s picture of the Boston Massacre is often analyzed as a political cartoon, I suspect he was aiming for something more akin to a history painting. British artists considered history painting—portraying a dramatic moment from...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Mar 2021

January 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “THE TRIAL … published by Permission of the Court.” In January 1771, John Fleeming published an account of the trials of the soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. ...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 26 Jan 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “On Wednesday next will be Published … Mr. West’s Sheet ALMANACK, For the Year 1771.” Advertisements for almanacs were ubiquitous in American newspapers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Dec 2020

November 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK, OR Lady’s and Gentleman’s DIARY, For the Year of our Lord 1771.” In eighteenth-century America, November was one of the most important...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Nov 2020

Robert Fulton’s Submarine Struggles

Here’s another submarine design from the eighteenth century, this one from the artist and inventor Robert Fulton. Fulton was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1765, and moved to Philadelphia at the end of the Revolutionary War, establishing himself...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Feb 2020


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “WEST’s ALMANACKS … To be sold by the Printer hereof.” In late January 1770, John Carter, publisher of both the Providence Gazette and Benjamin West’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jan 2020

November 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “AN ACCOUNT OF THE OBSERVATION OF VENUS Upon the SUN.” Many colonists in Rhode Island and the surrounding provinces likely recognized the name Benjamin West. In 1762,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Nov 2019

February 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (February 6, 1768).“JUST PUBLISHED … THE NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK.” Despite the headline, Benjamin West’s “NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK, OR...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Feb 2018

The Tragedy of André

Speaking of William Dunlap’s tragedy André, my friend John W. Kennedy has created an online text of that play by transcribing the 1798 edition and annotating it. You can find it all here.Kennedy writes:William Dunlap (1766–1839) dominated...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Apr 2017

Roundtable: New York’s Original Fashion Industry

This Colonial Couture post is by guest contributor William Howard Carter, assistant professor of history at The College of New Jersey. He is currently revising his book manuscript, “The Hideous and the Beautiful: The Power of Bodily Decorations...
From: The Junto on 10 Feb 2017

December 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (December 6, 1766).“This Almanack is embellished with the above Cut of the Four Seasons of the Year.” In colonial America, December was the time for...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Dec 2016

Panel on Washington in Roxbury, 24 Oct.

On 3 May 1797, Rufus King, then in London the U.S. minister to Great Britain, wrote this in his diary:Mr. [Benjamin] West called on me—we entered into politics after speaking of the Dinner at the Royal Academy and of the annual exhibition; Mr. West...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Oct 2015

Filling in the Hole in West’s Painting

Yesterday I showed an image of Benjamin West’s painting of the American diplomats who went to Paris to negotiate the end of the War for Independence.As shown above, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay signed the treaty of peace with Great Britain....
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Mar 2015

Hartley and Franklin, Reunited in Paris

I’ve been writing about the on-again, off-again correspondence of Benjamin Franklin and David Hartley, British scientist and Member of Parliament. Their relationship actually turned out to be a factor in the end of the war.After London received news...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Mar 2015

Kirby and the Carthaginians

In the hierarchy of art as understood in the 18th century, at the pinnacle was history painting. From the 1740s to 1760s, English portraiture developed rapidly and became popular, however, those who could afford history painting (which tended to be large)...
From: Kirby and his world on 6 Feb 2013

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