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Regency Bicentennial:   Invention of the Stethoscope

Two hundred years ago, it was a French doctor who developed the first version of this now essential medical device, in part to preserve the utmost decorum during his examination of his female patients. It is rather remarkable that his … Continue reading

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Regency Bed Linens

Last fall, I wrote about mattresses in the Regency, so it seems about time that I got around to writing about the sheets which covered those mattresses. Just as mattresses of the Regency period do not resemble the mattresses which … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane’s House:   A Slice of Regency London

In fact, this historic house museum in the heart of London is closer to its Regency appearance than it has been for more than a century. Over the course of the past seven years, a major renovation has been conducted … Continue reading

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Glass Witch Balls

These hand-blown glass balls were used in many places across Britain for at least three hundred years before the Regency began. They were still being made and used in Britain during the Regency. Their purpose and intended use varied with … Continue reading

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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:   Prinny Takes the Arnolfinis on Spec

Not the actual couple, just their double portrait. Though at the time, of course, no one knew the name of the couple in this painting. Even so, it was certainly recognized as one of the finest paintings of the northern … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Dog Follows the Cat of Sentiment

It was just two centuries ago that the children’s book, Cato, or Interesting Adventures of A Dog of Sentiment was published in London. And "Cato" the dog followed "Felissa," who happened to have been a "Kitten of Sentiment." Both books … Continue reading

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