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I’ve been brooding on effervescence – which the Oxford English Dictionary surprised me by defining thus: ‘The action of bubbling up as if boiling; the tumultuous rise of bubbles of gas from a fluid; esp. as the result of chemical action’ –...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 26 Nov 2021

A New Government in Britain in 177

As the year draws to a close, I’m looking back on some of the notable events of 1770 that I didn’t discuss on their Sestercentennial anniversaries. In January 1770, the Duke of Grafton’s government collapsed in London. The duke had become...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Nov 2020

Source of “the volley fired by a young Virginian”?

In The Fight with France for North America (1902), Arthur Granville Bradley wrote:The killing of Jumonville raised a great commotion not only in the colonies but in Europe. “It was the volley fired by a young Virginian in the backwoods of America,”...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 May 2020

Walpole on Young Washington

Horace Walpole, the son of British prime minister Robert Walpole and at the end of his life the fourth Earl of Orford, died in 1797. A quarter-century later, Baron Holland edited and published Walpole’s review of the 1750s, ultimately titled...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 May 2020

The Director’s Reflection on Staging The Mysterious Mother

When Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints at the Lewis Walpole Library asked me if I would be willing to stage Horace Walpole’s 1768 The Mysterious Mother as part of the year’s “Walpolooza” events, I hesitated at first. Like Walpole...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 29 Apr 2019

Digital Scenery for The Mysterious Mother

The digital scenery for the staged reading of The Mysterious Mother was designed by Alice Trent and projected onto the concrete walls of auditorium in the Yale Center for British Art.
From: The 18th-Century Common on 29 Apr 2019

Abridging Walpole’s The Mysterious Mother

Having been the one who abridged Walpole’s five-act semi-Shakespearian play down to a c.45-50 minute running time for this staged reading, I was amazed at the underlying economy of Walpole’s dramatic writing. Those familiar with...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 22 Apr 2019

Playing Walpole’s Adeliza

Chelsea Phillips playing Adeliza and Georgina Lock playing the Countess of Narbonne in Walpole’s play The Mysterious Mother. May 2, 2018. Being involved in a workshop staging of Walpole’s The Mysterious Mother was both a joy and...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 22 Apr 2019

Playing Walpole’s Countess of Narbonne

Georgina Crisp as the Countess of Narbonne, Gilberto Saenz as Florian, and Charlie Gillespie as Friar Benedict in the staged reading of Walpole’s The Mysterious Mother As soon as I was invited to play the Countess, I felt the...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 22 Apr 2019

Bringing the Text to Life

Like many in Walpole’s own day, my appreciation of The Mysterious Mother prior to the staged reading at the Yale Center for British Art in May 2018 was largely textual, and, as a reader of the play, I have long admired Walpole’s blank verse,...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 22 Apr 2019

Playing Walpole’s Friars

Charlie Gillespie and Rev. Justin Crisp playing Friars Benedict and Martin in Walpole’s play The Mysterious Mother. May 2, 2018. Playing Friars Benedict and Martin was something of a “too close to home” sort of experience for us—Charlie...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 20 Apr 2019

The Mysterious Mother Mini-Conference: Session II

Session II of The Mysterious Monther mini-conference on May 3, 2018, held at the Yale Center for British Art, was titled “Staging The Mysterious Mother” and was chaired by Misty Anderson, Lindsay Young Professor of English and Adjunct Professor...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 18 Apr 2019

The Mysterious Mother Mini-Conference: Session I

Session I of The Mysterious Monther mini-conference on May 3, 2018, held at the Yale Center for British Art, was titled “Reading The Mysterious Mother” and was chaired by Jill Campbell, Professor of English, Yale University.  Session...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 18 Apr 2019

Lady Elizabeth Laura, Lady Charlotte Maria & Lady Anne Horatia

“Triple three-quarter length portrait of the three Waldegrave sisters, seated beside one another at a small work-table; Lady Anna Horatia at right embroidering, with Lady Charlotte Maria at left, her head turned towards front, winding silk from...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 27 Feb 2019

Revealing new information about the courtesan, Nelly O’Brien

Sir Joshua Reynolds painted the courtesan, Nelly O’Brien twice, between 1762 and 1764. Both paintings were paid for by her lover, Frederick St John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke, although she was introduced to Reynolds by Admiral Augustus Keppel, 1st...
From: All Things Georgian on 4 Dec 2018

The Relics of Humfrey, duke of Gloucester at St Albans

One of the greatest pleasures among many of my line of work is being invited to give a public lecture. This is always thanks to the audience, who bring their own knowledge and interests to the event, often encouraging (and sometimes forthrightly challenging)...

Letter : to Messrs. Dodsley

Autographed letter signed by John Boyle, 5th Earl of Cork, and addressed to the booksellers Messrs. Dodsley on the subject of Horace Walpole. He commences the letter by asking to see any work by “Mr Walpole”: “I am told of one that it...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 27 Aug 2018

What Do We Know about Gen. de Steuben’s Sexuality?

Last month The Nib published Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings’s comic about Gen. Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben as a gay man.I found it inaccurate at several spots. Yet the core message—that Steuben was both important to the Continental Army’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jul 2018

Manuscripts, ca. 1780-1824 / collected by the Hon. Anne Rushout

A collection of some 150 separate pieces, in English and French, neatly attached to pages of good quality paper, in a variety of different hands and dating mainly from ca 1780 to 1824. The manuscripts appear in most cases to have been given to Anne Rushout...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 4 Apr 2018

A Bearded Portrait Painter in 1753

British and American gentlemen of the middle and late eighteenth century didn’t wear beards. Revolutionary War reenacting groups have to decide whether their adult male members must shave off their beards, mustaches, or [most distinguished of all]...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Nov 2017

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