Art, Art movements, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, Curiosities, Poe, Edgar Allan, Pre-Raphaelites, Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

Rossetti and the doppelgangers

A topic that I have been interested in for some time is the idea of the doppelgänger. And I’m not the only person to be intrigued by the notion of a mysterious double and what it might mean. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) was fascinated by the possibility of the doppelgänger, the seeing of which is… Continue reading Rossetti and the doppelgangers

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Austen, Jane, Crime & punishment, History, Writers

Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime

Crime in a rapidly changing society Reading the novels of Jane Austen one might be forgiven for thinking that hers was a calm and relaxing period in which to live (1775-1817). “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ― Jane Austen Far from it. The economy of the country was going… Continue reading Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime

Books & art, Curiosities, Designs & patents, History, Science & technology

10 patents for mad Victorian inventions

Yes - these are real Victorian design patents. We might laugh at some of them now, but they represent the hopes and dreams of a previous age. A design patent is a form of legal protection granted to the ornamental design of a functional item. But enough of that, here are ten of my favourites:… Continue reading 10 patents for mad Victorian inventions

Art, Art movements, Baudelaire, Charles, Lloyd Webber, Andrew, Paintings, Pre-Raphaelites, Pygmalion, Shaw, George Bernard

The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”

The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: "The most wonderful painting in existence". A world renown Pre-Raphaelite piece of art - that will take us from Clapham Common to Puerto Rico, but carefully avoiding Andrew Lloyd Webber's lefty granny.