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A Constitutional Plum Pudding

In 1848, revolutions broke out all over Europe, and even in some parts of Latin America. Over 50 countries were affected. But everything remained quiet in Great Britain. A cartoon published in an edition of Punch, and titled “John Bull Showing The Foreign Powers How To Make A Constitutional Plum-Pudding,” explains why. The picture shows

The Battle Of The Pictures

William Hogarth originally engraved “The Battle of the Pictures” as a bidder’s ticket for an auction of his paintings, which included sets such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress and The Four Times of the Day. But the work also represents a scathing commentary on the action houses of his time, and the unethical

Santa Cecilia By Raphael

In 1516-1517, Raphael painted a picture of St Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians and Church music, listening to a choir of angels. Clothed in gold, as described in the 13th century text Legenda Aurea (Golden Legend), St Cecilia is surrounded by four Biblical figures. On her left stands St. Paul. Holding a letter in

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John Campbell, 3rd Earl of Breadalbane by Charles Jervas George IV by David Wilkie, 1829 Colonel William Gordon by Pompeo Batoni, 1765 Sir James Macdonald & Sir Alexander Macdonald by William Mosman, c.1749 Portrait of a Jacobite Lady (Jenny Cameron?) by Cosmo Alexander, 1740-1750 Portrait of John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore by Sir Joshua

Angelica Kauffman

Self-portrait Born on 30 October 1741 at Chur in Graubünden, Switzerland, Angelica Kauffman was the daughter of an artist. Her father had originally gone to Chur to paint some frescoes in a church, had fallen in love with Cleophea Lutz, married her, and settled there. They had only one daughter, Angelica. The young girl soon

Southwark Fair By William Hogarth

John Trusler describes the Southwark Fair, the famous Hogarth’s print. It depicts the fair held every September near the Church of St George the Martyr, and it was an occasion both for revelry and debauchery: The principal view upon the left represents the fall of a scaffold, on which was assembled a strolling company, pointed

Simonetta Vespucci

  The name Simonetta Vespucci may not say much to many people, yet everyone knows her face. Considered the most beautiful woman of the Renaissance, “la bella Simonetta”, as she was nicknamed, was praised by the poets and painted by the painters of her time. She’s the inspiration, and the face, of one of the

Short Book Reviews: Richard Wagner The Lighter Side, Max Ginsburg Retrospective & Richard III A Small Guide To The Great Debate

I haven’t done some short book reviews in a while, so let’s remedy that shall we? Here are three books that are worth checking out: Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side by Terry QuinnRichard Wagner has always been the most controversial genius in music. His critics hate him so much they refuse to even just listen