Wednesday, 1 December 2021

The Devil Visits Wales

On 24th June 1815, the Lancaster Gazetteer reported a warning to those who might fancy the odd bit of sport on a Sunday...

The Devil Visits Wales

On a Stone, placed in the Church-yard of Llanfair, in Wales.

Who Ever hear on son day
Will practise playing At Ball.
it May Be be Fore munday
The devil Will Have you All.

The Devil Visits Wales

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

La brillante toillete de la Déesse du Gout

“I don’t wear wigs, this is my hair.” In La brillante toillete de la Déesse du Gout, c.1775, a fashionable lady models a towering wig for her adoring macaroni as her maid prepares another!  

Via the British Museum.

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

A Candid Portrait

I love how you can almost see Mrs Mortlock trying not to laugh as her son refuses to look suitably sombre... Elizabeth Mortlock (b.1756) and her son John Mortlock the Younger, by John Downman, 1779.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

History Hack

 I had a wonderful time chatting to the folks from History Hack about the mistresses of George I and II. From rumours of murder to ghostly ravens and the grumpiest kings Hanover ever saw, it's all here!