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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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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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Regency Bicentennial:   The Royal Cockpit Looses Its Lease

Two centuries ago, the Royal Cockpit on Birdcage Walk, in London, which had been established by King Charles II, lost the lease for the ground on which the building stood. By the end of the year, the building had been … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The British Museum Discovers Britain

Well, it was not exactly the country that the officials of the British Museum discovered. They had always known where it was. But for more than half a century, they had mostly ignored its stuff. The British Museum was founded … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Britain Acquires the Elgin Marbles

Two hundred years ago today, an order was issued, by the authority of the British Parliament, to procure a warrant from the Prince Regent for the payment of £35,000. This sum was to be paid to Lord Elgin, for the … Continue reading

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