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Andrew Robertson:   Miniature Painting Innovator

By the Regency, Andrew Robertson was one of the most prominent painters of miniature portraits in all of Britain. This was due in large part to the fact that he painted in a style very different from the majority of … Continue reading

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Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770 — 1840 by Jane Moody

This book came to my attention recently, in a footnote, while doing research on a completely different topic. But I am now most grateful to have discovered it, since it is very well-written and filled with fascinating details about the … Continue reading

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The Lighthouse Girls:   An Army of Two

"Once upon a time, two young women saved their town from an attack by the British Navy."   Sounds like the first line of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? But in fact, this event actually took place, and during the … 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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The Hainault Forest and the Fairlop Oak — Part Two

Last week’s article was about the ancient Forest of Hainault. Within that forest stood an enormous oak tree which was centuries old by the Regency and had become an important local landmark. Known as the Fairlop Oak, annual events had … Continue reading

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The Pleasure Garden, from Vauxhall to Coney Island

One of my favorite things about doing research is when I happen upon a book on a topic in my area of interest of which I was previously unaware. I got a real treat a few weeks ago when I … Continue reading

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Thy Trembling Strings

Last week, I wrote about a unique musical instrument which flourished during a period that almost exactly matched the years during which the Prince of Wales was Regent of England. This instrument, the harp-lute, was played solely by Regency ladies … Continue reading

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