Artefacts, Books & art, Curiosities, Life in the Long 19th Century

Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive

I recently learned that some of Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive. Researchers wishing to view them must sign a disclaimer. Many people know that Marie Curie won a Nobel prize for her pioneering research on radioactivity. But perhaps it's not so widely known that she won that illustrious prize twice and, altogether, Marie Curie’s… Continue reading Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive

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Art, Books & art, Paintings, Shelley, Percy Bysshe, Writers

Painting: The Funeral of Shelley (1889)

'The Funeral of Shelley’ by Louis Édouard Fournier (1889). The Walker Gallery, Liverpool, UK. The painting depicts the funeral of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley on a beach in Tuscany (18 July, 1822). It is said by some that Edward Trelawny plucked Shelley’s carbonised heart from the ashes, but was eventually persuaded to hand… Continue reading Painting: The Funeral of Shelley (1889)

Books & art, Commercial art, Dickens, Charles, Hardy, Thomas, Writers

ART: Famous writers on cigarette cards

Famous writers on cigarette cards Shown above are some portraits of famous writers on cigarette cards. Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, G.K. Chesteron, Rudyard Kipling, Michael Arlen, Hilaire Belloc, Phyllis Bentley, Marjorie Bowen, John Buchan and (again) G.K. Chesterton. There was a time when cigarette cards (trade cards) were issued by tobacco manufacturers to stiffen cigarette… Continue reading ART: Famous writers on cigarette cards

Books & art, Paintings, Pre-Raphaelites, Readers reading

Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

The Day Dream (1880) - By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Victoria & Albert Museum. Readers reading #9 Instead of 'Readers reading', perhaps this one ought to be titled 'Reader forgetting about reading' - we've all done it, one moment reading, the next drifting into a dream. Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator… Continue reading Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

Book lists, Book trivia, Books & art

The UK’s favourite 15 literary heroines

The list below is from a survey of the UK's top 15 favourite literary heroines. I admit I have a weakness for book lists, perhaps it's my book trade background. This list doesn't really have any surprises, light-hearted but worth perusing. Sadly no heroines from the Long Victorian pens of George Eliot, Wilkie Collins or… Continue reading The UK’s favourite 15 literary heroines

Austen, Jane, Books & art, Paintings, Pride and Prejudice, Quizzes, puzzles & humour, Quotes, Readers reading, Writers

Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Readers reading #8 I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kiss kiss. https://uk.pinterest.com/longvictorian2/jane-austen/ The 'Readers reading' series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017). Readers reading #1.… Continue reading Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Answering the Emigrant's Letter (1850) - By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery.
Art, Books & art, Life in the Long 19th Century, Paintings, Readers reading

Painting: Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850)

Readers reading #8 Answering the Emigrant's Letter (1850) - By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery. A lovely painting - I have looked at it many times in Manchester City Art Gallery (UK). It leaves my imagination free to wrap many stories around it. Not forgetting the amazing, deep… Continue reading Painting: Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850)