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Living Muses of Great Britain

Living Muses of Great Britain

Women have on the whole had a tough time throughout history, but in England in the mid to late 18th century, as the period between the two world wars, the shortage of men allowed women with talent to emerge into the public spotlight, albeit in socially acceptable fields. This engraving by Richard Samuel published in … Continue reading

An Unusual Image

An Unusual Image

Images of children before the Victorian Age were rare, in large part due to the high risk of them dying, so this is an unusual image for that. It also shows a grandmother driving a cart, showing a level of independence and skill that is also rare. It is also charming for having the little … Continue reading

No Goretex Here

No Goretex Here

I have always been impressed at the achievements of the Victorian explorers with their heavy wool clothing and kit, living on seal blubber, but at least they tried to dress sensibly. The Tudors just didn’t have a clue. This is one of the early polar explorers, Martin Frobisher. My mother would have had a fit … Continue reading

Johnny Marr on Working in Music

Here’s a few words from Johnny Marr in the current New Statesman: “When I was starting out, it wasn’t “easier” for a working-class person to get into the music industry – how wouold that work? Just as I don’t think it’s any easier for a middle- or upper-class person to get ito the music business … Continue reading

How Times Have Changed

I heard this song on the radio the other day and love it. ‘Because I’m Young’ by the late Lynne REdgrave from the film ‘Smashing Time’ . A song about getting away with bad behaviour because you’re young. It’s a great song because it really swings in the older sense of the word, but fails … Continue reading

On Smiling

I’m dipping into The Public Domain Review, a collection of essays gleaned from the writings of a wide range of experts. The one that really intrigued me is Nicholas Jeeves, The Serious and the Smirk. Smiling is a really common facial expression. It’s a way of encouraging good behaviour, of teaching babies how to communicate, … Continue reading

George Cruikshank at The Holburne Museum

Cruikshank’s satirical political images are some of the most famous of the late 18th/early 19th century England. He showed no sign of his own politics, but took great joy in sending up the politicians of all shades and royalty of the age. But he was much more than a precursor of today’s political cartoonists; he … Continue reading

Silent Partners

This is an exhibition now at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which is subtitled ‘Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish’. That last seems to be what makes most people go a bit funny about the show, but it is really fascinating. We are used to seeing the human form in various forms of art, but … Continue reading