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.

The Shape of Things to Come, Wells, H G, Writers

H.G. Wells out of copyright – watch this space

H.G. Wells out of copyright - watch this space It's not often that an advert (left) tempts me to blog, but as it's about H.G. Wells, I'll make an exception with a brief post. " Leading classic book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released eight H.G. Wells titles, seven of which – including The War Of… Continue reading H.G. Wells out of copyright – watch this space

Tolkien, J. R. R., Writers

Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien – 125 today

Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien - 125 today If you have time today, raise a glass of your favourite beverage to “Ronald” Tolkien, philologist, and Oxford professor. 125 today. You might also know him as J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. And the man… Continue reading Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien – 125 today

Classical, Mozart, Music

In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé

Mozart tops the charts, despite inability to tour According to this piece in Atlas Obscura, the artist who sold the most CDs in 2016 wasn't Beyonce, Adele, or Bowie ... it was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). If true, that's an impressive achievement given that the artist has been unable to tour for 225 years due… Continue reading In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé