Proof we all have Victorian doppelgangers – spooky!

This is supposed to be a fun post, not serious research. However it is based on something that I’m interested in, the idea of the doppelganger (a ghostly double). See my previous post, ‘Rossetti and the doppelgängers’. Every now and then, when looking at Long Victorian photographs and paintings, I see a face that immediately makes me think of another person known to me today. … Continue reading Proof we all have Victorian doppelgangers – spooky!

Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

Vocabulary you’ll need to survive in Victorian London Perusing the Public Domain Review you may eventually stumble upon The London Guide & Stranger’s Safeguard against the Cheats, Swindlers, and Pickpockets (1819). ‘A comprehensive guide to help the unwitting visitor avoid falling victim to the various and nefarious crimes abound in early 19th-century London.’ The book features a useful glossary of key vocabulary to enable the … Continue reading Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

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 family won 5 Nobel prizes. Not bad going! High achievers, … Continue reading Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive

Meet a living “Long Victorian” – born 1832

Jonathan the giant Seychelles tortoise was born c.1832 (perhaps earlier) and, wonderful to say, he’s is still going strong. Six years ago Joe Hollins became the first permanent vet on the island of St Helena, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Here he looked after the oldest known land animal in the world, a 184-year-old giant tortoise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36302278 The likely year of Jonathan’s birth, … Continue reading Meet a living “Long Victorian” – born 1832

Photograph (1840) – My grandpa met Shakespeare!

This woman was born in 1746 and could easily have met someone able to say “My grandfather knew William Shakespeare”. This is a Daguerreotype photograph of Hannah Stilley, aged 94 (b.1746). This is a woman born into a world when the American colonies were yet to revolt, when Samuel Johnson was working on his A Dictionary of the English Language and when Henry Fielding (the … Continue reading Photograph (1840) – My grandpa met Shakespeare!

Photograph: 1839 – The first “selfie” in history?

Could this be the first “selfie” in history? It is an 1839 self portrait of Robert Cornelius (1809 –1893). On the reverse of the photo it reads ‘The first light picture ever taken’. What pose would you assume if you thought that posterity might stare back at you for eons into the future? Cornelius was from Philadelphia (USA), a photography pioneer and a lamp manufacturer. … Continue reading Photograph: 1839 – The first “selfie” in history?

Answering the Emigrant's Letter (1850) - By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery.

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 colours. Description: ‘Collinson was one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Although … Continue reading Painting: Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850)