On the day of the annual Lord Mayor’s Show, here’s a guided tour of the Lord Mayor of London’s State Coach, built in 1757. The Lord Mayor’s Show is a ceremonial parade dating back over 500 years, held on the second Saturday in November.
The Square Sail and Driver of a Twenty Gun Ship
From The elements and practice of rigging, seamanship, and naval tactics. Illustrated with numerous engravings. In four volumes: accompanied with a separate volume of large and accurate delineations of masts, yards, &c. … by David Steel, 1800
Houghton Hall, Norfolk, a Palladian mansion built for Sir Robert Walpole.
Reading Treasure: Barbie Travels to the 18th Century
Barbie has had many careers, costumes and gimmicks over the years. She has even traveled back in time! One of Barbie’s many stops is the 18th century, where she has donned the guise of an English aristocrat, a pastoral shepherdess—and even Queen Marie Antoinette herself. Let’s stick a feather in Barbie’s inch-high pouf and take a look at some of Barbie’s forays into the Age of Enlightenment.
Have a look at the excellent source blog for the portrait that inspired this, plus other pics of 18th century Barbie…
Female curiosity by James Gillray, c1778.
James Gillray’s 1778 portrait of “female curiosity” shows a woman staring at her buttocks, which are adorned with a stylish wig perched on her hips, by looking over her shoulder at a mirror her kneeling servant holds. The portrait indicts women’s self-exploration as decadent fashion. Gillray designates female sexuality as peeking, yet his print identifies the spectator’s gaze with the woman’s.X
This book reminds me of how much fun I used to have reading through encyclopedias and illustrated dictionaries when I was a child: yes, I was that kid. The illustrations of various trades and occupations are remarkably detailed for their small size and woodcut print technology.
To learn more about 18th-century trades, see the special issue of the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction entitled "Trades/Le Négoce."
Lovely Georgian door and porch in Marlborough
William Ellis His Book of Arithmetick
The Six and Twentieth Day of January Annoq Dom MDCCXXIX
Georgian arithmetic books were more than a record of work. Among the pages of calculations are ornate illustrations which show the student’s artistic skill and penmanship. This book is the work of a pupil called William Ellis.