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Captain John Ross and the search for the North West Passage, 1818

Having chosen a George Cruikshank  illustration in my last blog, here is another one, dating from 1819 and entitled ‘Landing the Treasures, or Results of the Polar Expedition!!!’  The background to it was the fact that in the 19th...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 Oct 2020

Raining cats and dogs – and pitchforks

Today it rained. And then rained some more. All day. But by happy coincidence I came across  a splendid print by George Cruikshank, dating from 1820, entitled ‘Very Unpleasant Weather – Raining Cats and Dogs and Pitchforks’ and...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 22 Oct 2020

Outmoded Midwives?

Gender wars of the medical kind for this week’s #SalemSuffrageSaturday post, although I am uncertain of how much of a battle was waged here in Salem. Commencing in the seventeenth century with the efforts of the emigre Chamberlen brothers, armed...
From: streets of salem on 3 Oct 2020

More lavatorial humour: Gillray and his fellow caricaturists and a view of ‘convenience’

Sawney in the Boghouse. © The Trustees of the British Museum The recent guest post by Naomi featured a print showing a Scotsman mis-using a close-stool or convenience. The original came out in 1745, just before the Jacobite uprising, and was at a...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 19 Aug 2020

A guest-blog from the bog-house, or, an introduction to ‘Merry Thoughts: or the Glass-window and Bog-house Miscellany’

In my last blog I mentioned ‘the other’ Samuel Johnson  and the help given to me by Naomi Heap. She has kindly agreed to tell me more about her ancestor. Over to you, Naomi: Ever sat and pondered the scribblings of a previous occupant?...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 12 Aug 2020

A high flyer, a harlot, a driving lesson, a poor piglet and a pub: a lesson westward.

The Bell & Anchor public house at 38-40 Hammersmith Road was closed and demolished in the 1970s to make way for the lorry park at London’s Olympia. I only mention it because it was a well-known watering hole 200 years earlier, when it appears...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 7 Jun 2020

The watermen on the River Thames – an unruly, noisy, boisterous gang of men.

I recently returned from India and one of the main recollections was of the way that if I ventured outside, I was immediately targeted by every taxi driver within half a mile! This scene drawn by Thomas Rowlandson is a reminder that anyone walking near...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 May 2020

Giving up the Ghost, or one too many…

A while back I was fortunate enough to buy a Rowlandson print, entitled ‘Giving up the Ghost, or, one too many’. Needless to say my wife hates it and is not inclined to let me  display it on the living room walls. Which is a shame because...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 23 May 2020

Photo-shopping, 1770 style. The energetic Nancy Parsons.

We live in an era where we take it for granted that photographs lie – where models routinely photo-shop their bikini shots to enhance their boobs, narrow their waist and  lengthen their legs. It is cheating – but it is commonplace. What...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 6 May 2020

Rowlandson’s street scenes – saw setting.

I liked this reminder of bygone trades – the travelling saw sharpener. It is of course a reminder of the awful noise made when metal blades were sharpened. Rowlandson did this in ink and water colour and titled it ‘Saw setter or Harmonic Scarecrow’...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 27 Apr 2020

Social distancing, 18th Century style (Is this your louse?)

Another day, another pair of Rowlandson’s. This one appealed because we live in a world where we are all too aware that being in close proximity to other people can cause dire consequences…. 250 years ago, with no concept of viral infections,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 25 Apr 2020

3 April 1789 – a day of thanksgiving for the recovery of His Majesty

Image of the King visiting St Paul’s, shown courtesy of the British Museum For four months towards the end of 1788 George III was incapacitated by illness – racked with pain and mental instability, the King’s conduct led to the first...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 23 Apr 2020

Plucking a spoony – a rather nice Rowlandson print from 181

Looking at the Metropolitan Museum site I came across this rather nice Thomas Rowlandson print called ‘Plucking a spoony’ dating from 1812. I see that other versions are also available on the Royal Collection and British Museum sites. ‘Spoony’...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 21 Apr 2020

Be my Valentine! A cow in a bonnet – what more could you ask for from an engraving by Thomas Rowlandson?

Trawling through my favourite on-line resource (otherwise known as the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University) I happened to fill in the word ‘cow’ before pressing ‘search’. And why not? You should try it…. And up came...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 14 Feb 2020

15 December – the anniversary of ‘the marriage which wasn’t a marriage’

Today marks the anniversary of a wedding ceremony between George, Prince of Wales and his current squeeze, the Roman Catholic  Maria Fitzherbert, She had originally married at the age of 18 to the 34-year-old Edward Weld of Lulworth Castle. He died...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 15 Dec 2019

10th December 1791 – The First Interview, or, the presentation of the Prussian Pearl

On 10 December 1791 a print was published by S W Fores of 3 Piccadilly showing the apparent eagerness with which the King and Queen had greeted the news that their son Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, had found himself a wealthy bride. She...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 10 Dec 2019

th November 1804 – a woman taking control? How quite intolerable!

An interesting Gillray print which came out on this day in 1804. It shows a group of men who appear to be vying for the favours of the only lady present, presumably a wealthy widow. It is entitled ‘Company shocked at a Lady getting up to Ring the...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 20 Nov 2019

Attending to one’s toilet, part

As I have mentioned before, my ancestor Richard Hall believed that ‘toilet’ (as in getting yourself ready to present to the world, applying your make-up, adjusting your wig and so on) was pronounced ‘twaylet’ or even ‘twilight’....
From: Georgian Gentleman on 12 Nov 2019

Lady Friz at her toilet – and two other mezzotints in a similar vein.

I came across this mezzotint on the Lewis Walpole library site entitled ‘Lady Friz at her toilet’, dating from around 1780. According to the description on the site: ‘In an elegant bedroom a young woman sits at her dressing table looking...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 5 Nov 2019

The Prince of Wales – putting it all behind him!

It is interesting to see how the weight and girth of the heir to the throne fascinated onlookers in the last two decades of the eighteenth century. To start with, a silhouette from 1781 showing the outline of George, Prince of Wales, shown courtesy of...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Oct 2019

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