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th October 1814 – the death of a great showman.

20 October 2017

203 years ago today, the death occurred in Paris of one of the greatest showmen of his Age – indeed of any Age. His name: Philip Astley. Forget Barnum, forget...

Samples of sweethearts and wives: a Richard Newton caricature from July 1795.

17 October 2017

O.K. I am a sucker for Richard Newton  caricatures, so I rather liked this one on the Lewis Walpole site. It features eight depictions of women who are worse for drink. No-one...

Beware of tigers, Hannah Twynnoy: Oops! Too late…

3 October 2017

3rd October marks the anniversary of the death in 1703 of a 33 year-old woman called Hannah Twynnoy. Her ‘claim to fame’ is that she is perhaps the first person in this...

A sewing box with literary appeal…

29 September 2017

The new catalogue from Mark Goodger contains a remarkable Regency sewing box and, being a sucker for antique boxes, I am delighted to showcase it. From the outside, it all looks fairly...