Category Archives: 17th and 18th Century Culture

Happy Birthday Thomas Chippendale.

Born in Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire in England on the 5th of June 1718, Thomas Chippendale Senior became Britain’s most iconic – some would say pre-eminent – cabinetmaker and decorator. Christie’s tribute. Jack plane. Advertisements

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In Pursuit of Pleasure: The Polite and Impolite World of Georgian Entertainment

Fairfax House, York, 29 July – 31 December 2016. From exotica to erotica, In Pursuit of Pleasure opens a window onto the outrageous and sometimes shocking behaviour of ‘polite society’—conducted in the name of entertainment. Fairfax House’s major summer exhibition … Continue reading

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A Nation of Tea-Drinkers

Markman Ellis introduces his talk for the Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival – ‘A Tea-Drinking Nation: How Britain Came to Identify with a Migrant Alien in the Early Eighteenth Century’ on Monday 20th June 3pm, Hanbury Hall, Hanbury St, E1 6QR. … Continue reading

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Impoliteness

I mentioned how the Georgians relished their lavatorial humour in At your Convenience. Below is a post about the early eighteenth-century London Farting Club. The risk is entirely yours. Georgians had numerous clubs. One of the more ridiculous clubs was … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

As a reliable and valuable late seventeenth-century resource, I have quoted or cited Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) many times on this blog. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is currently running an exhibition, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution from the 20th … Continue reading

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Huguenot Influence at Boughton House

I have written before about the impact Huguenot refugees had on English furniture and other arts from the end of the seventeenth-century. Bendor Grosvenor posted an interesting piece about Boughton House on his blog yesterday, The Huguenots at ‘Britain’s Versailles’. … Continue reading

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Ladies Beavers and the Sign of the Female Ass

I have reported on eighteenth-century trade cards before (here and here) and am happy to post these interesting and curious trade cards that are recently come to the fore. Trade card of hatter, Catherine West, circa 1733-69. (Lewis Walpole Library) … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Extravaganza at Museum of London

For one night only, amorous visitors to the Museum of London will have the chance to see the steamy side of the 18th century. A series of erotic tiles, detailing various sexual positions and even spanking, will go on display … Continue reading

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Georgians Revealed at the British Library

Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, until 11 March 2014 Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives. From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, … Continue reading

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Intrigue and Scandal abound at The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh

A new exhibition of work by one of the wittiest and most popular caricaturists of Georgian Britain opens at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse today (Friday, 22 November). High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson (some of his … Continue reading

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