Life in the Long 19th Century, Photographs

Photograph: 1844, Men drinking ale

Life in the Long 19th Century Photograph taken in 1844 by David Octavius Hill (b. 1802 - 1870) The photographer is shown on the right, keeping his subjects relaxed - James Ballantine (left) and Dr George Bell (middle). Bell was one of the commissioners of the Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845 and author of Day… Continue reading Photograph: 1844, Men drinking ale

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Book trivia, Collins, Wilkie, The Woman in White, Worst couples in literature

11 worst couples in literature: Laura Fairlie & Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White

No.3. Laura Fairlie and Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) * * Spoiler alert - don't read this if you haven't yet read the book * * Oh dear - this marriage was spectacularly doomed from the start. The utterly broke Sir Percival Glyde can appear charming and gracious, but he's… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Laura Fairlie & Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White

Life in the Long 19th Century, Photographs, Quizzes, puzzles & humour

Answers to photo doppelgänger puzzle

Here are the answers to the photo puzzle I put up recently. A. Unknown young woman from Queensland, Australia (1884). B. Nicole Kidman in The Portrait of a Lady (film, 1996). C. Eva Green in Penny Dreadful (TV drama, 2014) D. Unknown young woman photographed using orthochromatic film. Date not known but possibly taken in… Continue reading Answers to photo doppelgänger puzzle

Life in the Long 19th Century, Photographs

Photograph: 1838 The first human on film

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century Photograph #2 1838: The first human on film (bottom, left). A street in Paris. Photograph by Louis Daguerre. The street looks empty. Perhaps the long exposure time required meant that anything moving isn't captured on the photo. Just one person (posing for the camera?) obtains immortality. For context the… Continue reading Photograph: 1838 The first human on film

Book lists, Book trivia, Happiness/Meaning of life, Quotes, Tolstoy, Leo, Writers

‘Rules for living’ by Leo Tolstoy, aged 18

At some point most of us take stock of our life, and maybe draw up a life list to get us where we want to go. I've written a few myself! Here is such a list from one of the greatest writers in history - Leo Tolstoy. Here is a list from the great Russian… Continue reading ‘Rules for living’ by Leo Tolstoy, aged 18

Art, Books & art, Paintings, Readers reading

Painting: Travelling Companions (1862)

Readers reading #6 The Travelling Companions (1862) - By Augustus Egg (1816 –1863). Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Oil on canvas. 65.3 x 78.7 cm What strikes most people first is that the two young women look almost like a mirror image of each other. There is a post on doppelgängers in Victorian art here.… Continue reading Painting: Travelling Companions (1862)