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Celebrity Couture: A New Trend? Fashionista Mary Robinson Led the Way – Over 230 Years Ago

1 August 2017

Figure 1.  John Hoppner, Mary Robinson as Perdita (1782), Chawton House Library.   Sean John, DASH, Material Girl, William Rast, OVO, House of Harlow, Yeezy, Paper Crown,...

The National Gallery of Art, Washington opens America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

23 June 2017

Main facade of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. The National Gallery...

Science Hasn’t Been This Politicized Since 1676

19 May 2017

King Charles II depicted as the President of the Royal Society. On April 22, a vast cohort of scientists and their allies descended on Washington to take part in the DC March for Science....

“One domestic, at least, that may be spared”: Male Violence and Female Pet Keeping in Eliza Haywood’s Betsy Thoughtless

2 May 2017

“Duvaucel’s Squirrel” (ca. 1837) by Charles Hamilton Smith (1776–1859). Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. Scholarship concerning Eliza Haywood...