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The Smoking Room of the House of Commons

Politicians in the smoking room of the House of Commons; representing the second reading on 24 October of the New Bill for the Representation of the People of the United Kingdom Chromolithograph by G. Pipeshank, 1884. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution...
From: History of Parliament on 25 Sep 2020

Jubilee Fair

“View of the Jubilee Fair in Hyde Park; in foreground to left a small stage erected with a band playing and jesters performing, a small crowd stands in front, a few tents in central foreground with signs such as “Duke of Wellington Whitbreads...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 4 Jun 2019

A nautical impromptu

Satire with two naval officers (one of whom is the Duke of Clarence caricatured, with heavy jowl, protruding lips, and small slanting eye) abusing each other at table, observed by a civilian who winks and holds a finger to the side of his nose. The naval...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 17 May 2019

Gourd Water Bottles. Were They Sealed?

Water bottle gourd found at Bents Fort.17th & 18th Century water & wine gourds.Were they lined inside?To date I have not been able to find any primary documentation suggesting that water bottle gourds were actually sealed inside. However, this...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 1 Apr 2019

A scene in the Crown & Anchor Tavern

“Fox and Sheridan (left) sit together at the head of a rectangular table on which is a punch-bowl, &c, looking with dismay at whigs (right), who advance to hurl their wigs at a large pile of wigs on the left (inscribed ‘The Heads having...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 29 Mar 2019

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) saw Christmas as "long eating, by hard Drinking, by lewd Gaming, by rude Reveling"

Peter Pelham (English-born Boston artist, 1695-1751) Cotton MatherThe Puritan ideas about the celebration of Christmas continued in the 18C.  Increase Mather's son Boston divine Cotton Mather (1663-1728) wrote that the "Feast of Christ's Nativity...
From: 17th-century American Women on 24 Dec 2018

Unwanted Christmas Wassailing in 1679 New England

The tradition of wassailing arrived in the New World with the English settlers.  Sometimes demands of wassailers were unwelcome in the colonies. On Christmas Day in 1679 in Salem, Massachusetts. Joseph Foster, Benjamin Fuller, Samuel Brayebrooke...
From: 17th-century American Women on 23 Dec 2018

1629 New England - Christmas Beers ONLY on-board Ship

A Relation or Journal of the Proceedings of the Plantation settled at Plymouth in New England, also called Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. (London, 1622), which records events at Plymouth from the Mayflower's arrival in November...
From: 17th-century American Women on 19 Dec 2018

1742 Christmas Games in Georgia followed by a few Glasses of Wine

In the colony of Georgia, the Christmas holidays were celebrated with the playing of games & a bit of evening drinking. William Stephens (1671-1753) described the holidays in Savannah in 1742. He wrote: "How irregular so ever we may be in many...
From: 18th-century American Women on 13 Dec 2018

1774 Christmas in Alexandria, Virginia

Nicholas Cresswell, 1750-1804 by an unidentified artist, c 1780.  Cresswell was the son of a landowner & sheep farmer in Edale, Derbyshire. At the age of 24, he sailed to the American colonies to visit a native of Edale who was then living...
From: 18th-century American Women on 7 Dec 2018

The Dipping and Drinking Wells at Hyde Park

In the early eighteenth-century, the Serpentine in Hyde Park was no large and ornamental lake, but rather a series of ponds described as consisting of dirty and stagnant water which were supplied by the Westbourne, a river which originated in the Hampstead...
From: All Things Georgian on 11 Sep 2018

How to Drink Beer, 1725

J. Nothnagel, Man with Beer (1772), Wellcome Library“I have not known Thirst since I have used hot Beer: Let the Weather be never so hot, and my work great, yet have I not felt Thirst as formerly... But some will say, Cold Beer is very pleasant...
From: Ask the Past on 29 Jun 2018

How to Prevent Drunkenness, 161

"A Looking-Glass for Drunkards," 17th c. "Shew me a way how a man may drinke much wine and yet not be drunke. To drinke great store of wine, and not to be drunke, you must eate of the rosted lungs of a Goat: or otherwise, eate sixe or seaven bitter Almonds...
From: Ask the Past on 11 Dec 2017

Mad Cats and Heavy Drinking

As some of your who follow me on twitter will know I have recently acquired a new research assistant – seen here on the right. He is a delight most of the time, but every now and then, as cats are wont to do, he likes to remind me who is boss, or...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 19 Jul 2017

Archaeology. Tin Cups & A Wire Bail.

Some time ago I wrote an article about some tin cup fragments that had been found without handles, and that also a wire bail was found with these same fragments (
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 24 Mar 2017

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part 3

January 4 Words, words, words. (2.2.192) It was my father’s birthday. From the basement, where the guest suite is, I heard him come home from work. He sounded tired. It sounded like a long day. I heard him answer a FaceTime video with my oldest...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 21 Feb 2017

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part

December 31 – January 1 Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio – a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred my imagination is!…Where be your gibes now, your...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 20 Feb 2017

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part 1

December 28 O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! (2.2.527) “I think I’m going to switch back to beer,” I announced, not they cared. My wife, brother, and I were chatting after our Christmas dinner, observed. In the fridge, there...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 19 Feb 2017

Through the pint glass: All’s Well That Ends Well

Of course, I decided to pick a fight the last night he was in town. My brother and I were at John Morrissey’s, a divey local not even a block from my house. It serves the cheapest Guinness I’ve yet found in Dublin. He’d been in town...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 8 Sep 2016

The (eventually) sober light of day: Henry IV, Part I

Outside, a sterile sun was already burning through the gauzy clouds over the mountains. Dumping out the dregs of yesterday’s coffee, I spotted pink chunks in the sink. Some washed down the drain as I filled up the carafe; others were crusted onto...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 8 Apr 2016

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