Tagged with Georgian history

Master Percy Praises The Lever Museum

Master Percy Praises The Lever Museum

Eighteenth century England produced a lot of child proteges who were often put on display by their partents and guardians in a way that to modern eyes seems like exploitation, but for families of humble birth could provide a welcome income. Some went on to achieve well deserved success such as the future President of … Continue reading

A Most Infamous Seducer of Women

The following seems to turn national stereotypes on their heads, with an Englishman dying in France after an incredible life of ruining the lives of thousands of young women. This was reported in Dublin’s Saunders’s Newsletter in 1781.: An account of John Phillipson, Esq; who lately died in the Bastille. [Taken from Adams’s Weekly Courant, printed … Continue reading

Horace Walpole and Longevity

Another aspect of 18th century history is that it is so varied, so full of change that it is impossible to bookend it, so is often called the long 18th century, overlapping at either end. This piece also points to another myth of the past – that everyone died young. Infant mortality was incredibly high, … Continue reading

More Age of Scandal

Here’s another piece from T H White’s the Age of Scandal, describing the mid 18th century: “It is only [wrote G.M. Trevelyan] in the years … 1740-80 that we find a generation of men wholly characteristic of the Eighteenth Century ethos, a society with a mental outlook of its own, self-poised, self-judged, and self-approved, freed … Continue reading

Late 18th Century English

This is from the age of scandal by TH White, about people then: “They were emotional about their friends, catty about their enemies, unusual in their hobbies  and singular in themselves.  They were perhaps the first people in English literature to be real enough for gossip. …They did extraordinary things: they puffed and blew like … Continue reading

A Female Revolution

The middle of the 18th century in England was an incredibly noisy, busy time, and women were more visible than at any other time in history. This is not just because of the many cartoons by Cruikshank and others mocking their outrageous fashions, they really were out there. In Bath, almost 1/3 of the blue … Continue reading

Bristol Bridge

This is not, as most people assume, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, but the ancient bridge crossing the Avon – now the Floating Harbour – in the centre of Bristol. This is from The Annals of Bristol by John Latimer: William Vick, wine merchant of Queen Square, died 3 January 1754. His will included several gifts, … Continue reading

The Better Invaders

“We were your Romans, you know. We might have been your Normans” This is from Tom Stoppard’s Play, Indian Ink,  a comment from a former memsahib to an Indian. It is an intriguing idea, not least because  I wonder how many people would know what she was talking about. Britain has been invaded twice: by the … Continue reading

Lady Worsley’s Whim

I’m not bowled over by the title of this book by Hallie Rubenhold, but it is fascinating as it shines a light on many aspects of 18th century English history that have long intrigued me; the main one being how the god fearing society co-existed with the drunken reprobates. This book shows that they were … Continue reading