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Biographical Sketches of Regency Denizens

Regency Bicentennial:   Simon-Jacques Rochard Arrives in England

Sometime in 1816, probably in the autumn, the French portrait painter, Simon-Jacques Rochard, arrived in England, where he soon set up a studio in London. His reputation had preceded him and it was not long before he began attracting an … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   "Antiquity Smith" Becomes Keeper

Two hundred years ago, this month, a man who came into the world in the back of a hackney carriage, and once had aspirations to become an actor, was appointed the Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. … Continue reading

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The Bruntons:   A Theatrical Family

Most aficionados of the Regency are familiar with at least some of the leading actors and actresses of that era, but they were only the major stars. However, a play could not be put on with only the stars. There … Continue reading

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Vincent Novello:   Annoyer of Organists

And a key member of the "Sebastian Squad." Very few people today are aware of Vincent Novello, despite the fact that the company he founded, in the first year of the Regency, is still in business today. Novello was an … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Pointless Loss of Ned Pakenham

Two hundred years ago, yesterday, what was to be the last major battle of the War of 1812 ended with the deaths of nearly three hundred British troops, two of them generals. One of those generals, Major-General Edward Pakenham, was … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial: Byron Is Leg-Shackled

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the wedding of Miss Anna Isabella Milbanke and George Gordon, Lord Byron. Sadly, though we can still mark this anniversary today, the participants themselves did not even celebrate their first anniversary. The couple had … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Last Days of the "Woman Clothed With the Sun"

Two hundred years ago, this month, a woman who had claimed she would give birth to the second Messiah a few weeks before was said to be lying in a trance. Before the end of the month, she would be … Continue reading

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