Tag Archives: Music

Of Vinaigrettes: Necessities or Toys?

Even before the Regency began, these redolent objects were carried by a great many ladies, and even a few gentlemen. Fortunately, by the beginning of our favorite decade, they had become much smaller than had been necessary in previous centuries. … Continue reading

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The Spanish vs. The English Guitar

During the Regency, two different types of guitar were known in England. Authors, and readers, of Regency romances, may wish to know something of the differences between the two, should they feature in a story sent in our favorite period. … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Burlington Arcade Opens

This coming Wednesday marks the bicentennial of the opening of the Burlington Arcade, in the Mayfair section of London. Though it opened in the last full year of the Regency, this elegant shopping area was popular from the outset. Its … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Performance of Stille Nacht

This coming Monday, Christmas Eve, marks the two hundredth anniversary of the very first performance one of the most beautiful and classic of all Christmas carols, known in English as Silent Night. That event was the result of a natural … Continue reading

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Of Fausses Montres, or Dummy Watches

Curious as it may seem, there was a fashion in England for wearing fake or dummy watches which began in the late eighteenth century and that fashion contined into the latter half of the nineteenth century. There were quite a … Continue reading

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A Garland of Christmas Carols

With Christmas quickly approaching, it seems an appropriate time to review a book about the history of Christmas carols. Though this book was published forty years after the Regency came to an end, the gentlemen who prepared it were born … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Dedication of the Waterloo Bridge

Called the most beautiful bridge in Europe when it was built, this magnificent new bridge actually had another name when it was first planned. However, it was renamed by order of Parliament after the Allied victory over Napoleon at Waterloo … Continue reading

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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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The Harp-Lute:   The Regency Lady’s Instrument

Though few people today have ever even heard of a harp-lute, let alone seen one, these lovely musical instruments were extremely popular during the Regency. However, their popularity was mainly restricted to one select group of musicians, the amateur musicians … Continue reading

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The Panorama as Propaganda

Thus far in my series on the panorama, I have concentrated on the entertainment and technological aspects of that art form. But as with other forms of mass media, even in the early nineteenth century, there were some who hoped … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Last Frost Fair — Part Two

Last week, I wrote about the beginning of 1814 Frost Fair, which lasted four days. Two centuries ago, this past Wednesday, the last Frost Fair to be held on the River Thames in London had come to an end. Temperatures … Continue reading

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