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Zoffany’s Resignation Letter

The late 1760s was a bad time for the Society of Artists. Riven by factions, it was failing. A dissident group, including most of the prominent artists broke away and persuaded the king to found a Royal Academy. In a vain attempt to forestall this, the...
From: Kirby and his world on 15 Apr 2014

On This Day... The Premiere of Serse

We have previously met George Frideric Handel on more than one occasion and witnessed the premieres of both the Water Music and Coronation Anthems. Those works were celebrated by those who heard him, but his opera, Serse, which premiered on this day in...

Zoffany and Kirby

The artist German Johan Zoffany (1733—1810) had a colorful life. Raised in the court of the princes of Thurn und Taxis, he showed an early interest in drawing and studied art first in Germany, and then in Italy where he spent six or seven years at Rome...
From: Kirby and his world on 10 Apr 2014

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760

A Musical Tea Party, Laroon, 1740. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014. In 1714 George I ascended the throne as the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover. With the dawn of a new dynastic age came a silent...
From: Madame Guillotine on 10 Apr 2014

Critiques of Analysis of Beauty

Paul Sandby didn’t have it all his own way in his attacks on William Hogarth in the wake of the publication of the Analysis of Beauty. Despite misgivings in some quarters about Hogarth’s pretensions in reducing art to the `line of beauty’,...
From: Kirby and his world on 8 Apr 2014

Hogarth’s Disciple

Another of Paul Sandby’s satires against William Hogarth and his line of beauty in 1753 was The Analyst Besh-n in his own Taste. Joshua Kirby is the alarmed figure on the right, identified in the caption as `a Disciple droping the Palate and Brushes...
From: Kirby and his world on 6 Apr 2014

At the sign of the Old Man’s Head in St. James Market Place, Westminster

A farthing token issued by a tradesman operating at or by the sign of the “Old Man’s Head” in St. James Market, Westminster. The above brass farthing token measures 15.9 mm and weighs 1.80 grams. It was issued by a tradesman whose premises...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 4 Apr 2014

Hogarth’s Fiddler

When William Hogarth published his book, Analysis of Beauty, in late 1753, he was swiftly subjected to an astonishingly virulent satirical print campaign by Paul Sandby, one of the most accomplished satirical artists of the time after Hogarth himself....
From: Kirby and his world on 1 Apr 2014

Joshua Kirby, F.R.S.

Joshua Kirby was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 26 March 1767. His election card is now, as the Royal Society says on its web page, barely legible, but they do manage a transcription of his citation: Joshua Kirby of Kew in the County of Surry...
From: Kirby and his world on 30 Mar 2014

Andreas Planta

Rev. Andreas Joseph Planta (1717—1773) had an interesting background. His family was prominent in the Grisons region of Switzerland/Italy (depending on your period), tracing their lineage back to the twelfth century, and a family of the same name and...
From: Kirby and his world on 25 Mar 2014

From Whitechapel

There was a pain, a terrible empty, lonely ache of sorrow and loss, within my ribcage while my heart felt like it had turned to ashes. This then was the end of my journey, this then was the answer that I had sought for so long, this then was the secret...
From: Madame Guillotine on 24 Mar 2014

Rev. Henry Putman

The Rev. Henry Putman (1725—1797) is an astonishingly obscure person, especially for someone who was minister of the Dutch Reformed Church at Austin Friars for 48 years and a Fellow of the Royal Society for thirty. He doesn’t rate a mention in...
From: Kirby and his world on 23 Mar 2014

The Mystery of Princess Louise – book review

Princess Louise, Graefle, 1864. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014 I often feel like Queen Victoria’s rather copious family is treated in much the same way as Henry VIII’s six wives – certainly I felt...
From: Madame Guillotine on 18 Mar 2014

“The King and Queen both spoke to me”

In October, 1774, Peggy Hutchinson (see posts here and here) wrote again from London to her sister-in-law Polly in Massachusetts, recounting a visit to the court. My task is over. I have been at court again. It has been a fatiguing though not altogether...
From: In the Words of Women on 13 Mar 2014

The Bell Tavern in King Street, Westminster

A farthing token of the Bell Tavern, King Street, Westminster The above brass farthing token measures 15.9 mm and weighs 0.89 grams. It was issued in the name of The Bell Tavern which was once located in King Street in St. Margaret’s Parish, Westminster....
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 10 Mar 2014

The Great Fire of London – now with additional Andrew Buchan!

Rejoyce, fellow history lovers and afiçionados of the ever lovely Andrew Buchan – I come bearing good news for you! ANDREW BUCHAN TO STAR IN ITV’S FOUR PART MINI SERIES “THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON” Inspired by the real events of...
From: The Joyful Molly on 7 Mar 2014

“I would not wish to fix my abode here”

Last week I came across two interesting letters by Margaret Hutchinson, the daughter of Thomas Hutchinson, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court and later governor of the state during the events in Boston that led to the Revolutionary War:...
From: In the Words of Women on 6 Mar 2014

Vikings – Life and Legend

As I’m sure many of you are aware, the British Museum has a new major exhibition called Vikings: Life and Legend kicking off tomorrow. This will, in fact, be their first major Viking show for over thirty years, which seems a tad surprising really...
From: Madame Guillotine on 5 Mar 2014

The ever-changing and ever-challenging urban landscape: this...

The ever-changing and ever-challenging urban landscape: this engraving records the designs of the London city gates, most of which were destroyed in the 18th and 19th centuries. Several of these gates stood for hundreds of years prior to the modern road-widening...

The Syphilitic Whores of Georgian London

People think I’m obsessed with syphilis, and maybe I am. But it’s only because of my recent indoctrination into 18th-century history by aficionados of the period, such as Lucy Inglis, Adrian Teal and Rob Lucas.  I can’t read 10 pages of a medical...
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 3 Mar 2014

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Notes on Post Tags Search

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag/category for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event hashtag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.