Monthly Archives: August 2012

Boy to Man:   The Breeching Ceremony

Anyone who has any familiarity at all with the history of children’s clothes is aware that both boys and girls were dressed alike during the first few years of their lives for several centuries. Then, typically between four to seven … Continue reading

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The Jeweled Serpent

Though this serpent seldom has fangs, even when it does, there is no danger to anyone who handles it. This serpent may wrap itself around one of your digits, but will never squeeze any tighter than necessary to keep it … Continue reading

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Robert Barker’s Leicester Square Panorama:   The Regency Schedule

Last week, we took a walk through Robert Barker’s purpose-built panorama rotunda in Leicester Square, examining the technology which he had employed there to make the viewing experience as real as possible for his spectators. It was so real, in … Continue reading

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Robert Barker’s Leicester Square Panorama:   The Technology

Last week, we traced the evolution of Robert Barker’s panorama display space from a rented room at the Haymarket to a hastily-constructed wooden building in his back garden on Castle Street to the splendid dual-circle rotunda situated just northeast of … Continue reading

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Robert Barker’s Leicester Square Panorama:   The Rotunda

When Thomas Girtin exhibited his London panorama, Eidometropolis, in 1802, he had to rent the Great Room in Spring Gardens in order to display it to the public. Such was the case for most other panorama artists, from the early … Continue reading

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