Saturday, February 27, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of February 22, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The enduring appeal behind an iconic Boston painting.
• "Under the influence": mesmerism in England.
• Tickets on the royal dime: a tattered document tells what royal mistress Nell Gwyn saw at the playhouse.
Skiing through the Depression (and colorfully, too.)
• How the Spirella Corset Company forever changed women's undergarments.
• The latest technology in 1790: George Washington ordered these argand lamps for Mt. Vernon.
• Scottish myths: Wulver the kind-hearted Shetland werewolf.
Image: 1911 census page where a suffragette refused to complete: "no vote no census."
• How the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was celebrated in India.
• Preserving and displaying a pair of Egyptian curtains from 6th-7thc AD.
• While Charles Darwin was writing hist masterpiece, his children were drawing on it.
• Belinda's petition: how an ex-slave successfully won a case for reparations in 1793.
Sex in the Middle Ages.
• Eighteenth century families on terraces and out-of-doors in art.
Image: Waiting for parcels of food, Cheapside, London, 1900.
• Harry Stokes and "female-husbands" of the 1800s.
• How Catherine de Medici made gloves laced with poison fashionable.
• "She was both poxt and clapt together": confessions of sexual secrets in venereal cases.
• Ancient Pompeii lives again as Italian officials unveil six more restored ruins.
• What makes Franz Liszt still important?
• Pocket Books and Liquid Bloom: advertising in the 18thc Lady's Magazine.
Image: What the Victorians threw away: alphabet cup.
• The strange and mysterious history of the ouija board.
• Scientist Mary Somerville will be the first woman other than a royal to appear on a Scottish banknote.
• Mrs. Abigail Norman Prince and her French evening shoes, 1875-1885.
Crime keeps you young - or maybe not.
Pancake Day in the Georgian era.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


ladyhawthorne said...

When I click on this link • Exploring Revolutionary-era New York City through portraits. All I get is Beyonce super bowl costumes and a bunch of other celebrity nonsense.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

ladyhawthorne ~ Wow, that was NOT what I intended! That link should have led to a review of a new exhibition of portraits at the Museum of the City of New York, with plenty of reproductions of the paintings. Alas, somewhere along the line the internet address must have changed (which happens more than it should.) Since I can't now find the original article, I've deleted the link entirely. My apologies!

Gemma said...

A wee correction to your description of Mary Somerville making it onto the new RBS banknote (this will be one of the new plastic/polymer notes, very cool!).... Royal Bank of Scotland is only one of three Scottish banks which print banknotes. Both of the other two banks have had non-royal women on their banknotes before.

[In fairness to RBS, its current banknotes have their first governor on one side, and castles, not people, on the other.]

Bank of Scotland currently feature bridges on their banknotes (and Sir Walter Scott on the other sides of each). In their previous issue, they had designs featuring various generic people (illustrating golf, science, distilling whiskey, etc) many of which were women, including the scientist.

Clydesdale Bank had a missionary, Mary Slessor, on its £10 note in its previous series [I confess that for years I thought it was a picture of a man, oops]. On its current £50 note it features Elsie Inglis, suffragist. That note even has a little "votes for women" placard in the design.

In case you haven't guessed, I work in a bank in Scotland. ;)

Crawford Pa said...

Thank you greatly for the inclusion. We are honored. (And your blog is incredible!)

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