Sunday, February 13, 2011

Breakfast Links: Week of February 7, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011
Happy Sunday! Here's this week's serving of the freshest Breakfast Links, a selection of noteworthy tidbits gathered from other blogs, web sites, news stories, and other curiosities that we've discovered wandering around the Twitterverse:
We've gone all hearts-and-flowers looking at the beautiful vintage Valentine’s Day cards from the  collection of the Beamish Museum:
 • What's inside an 1885 bustle (and we never would have guessed it looked like this!)
 • Royal marriage rules: The laws that bind William and Kate’s romance date to the 1772 Royal Marriages Act:
 • How to Farce a Cabbage, 18th c style. You do have one in the cellar, yes?
 • Take a virtual tour of No. 10 Downing Street:
 • Young Charles Dickens, in honor of his 199th birthday this week:
 • Art world agog as private hoard of an unlikely collector comes to light:
 • Revamped website for Viscount Fairfax's 18th c Georgian townhouse in York. Great photos show daily life as well as interiors :
 • Irish Traditional Music Archive, complete with 78 rpm crackle:
 • Tour Handel's House via a slideshow – and yes, Jimi Hendrix's there too: (click on 'Show Info' for a commentary)
 • Wonderful stylish sketch of Marie Antoinette c1785 (& an excellent fashion/art blog):
 • Amazing ladies in amazing hats, 1859-1927: RT@Visual_History From French Artist Paul Cesar Helleu:
• Astonishing transformation of 17th c Spitalfields, London, worker's house:
• This year's Oscar-worthy film costumes on display in LA, from The King’s Speech to Alice in Wonderland:
• Talk about Anglo-American history! This week in 1964,The Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan show: via @youtube
• A niche subject I admit, but for anyone interested: “A world of sallats:17th Century salads”:
• Hugh Thomson, the 19th c. illustrator of Jane Austen's six novels:
• London Lives 1690-1800, Searchable database of Londoners:
• For Gilded Age Millionaires, c. 1900: a nice "little" summer place in Maine w/ 35 rooms & battling footmen:
• The favorite color for Georgian gardens: “invisible green”:


nightsmusic said...

I haven't made it through all the links yet, that usually takes me the better part of the day. But one thing I've noticed and it hit me again with 10 Downing; I often look at houses for sale in London, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. I'm a curious thing ;o) I've notice the majority of houses and things that I see are furnished on a more modern vein as if they're trying to get away from their design traditions. Does that make sense? Probably not, I'm not explaining it well. And I don't know why it makes such an impression. Maybe it's my romantic idea of the way things *should* be.

Mme.Tresbeau said...

I'm stopped cold at the Victorian Valentines! What a beautiful collection. I think I'll send some of these to my friends this year.
Happy Valentines Day to you ladies, too.

Tonya said...

Thank you so very much for providing all of these interesting links I will sure check out all of them. Blessings.

Maria L. said...

Thank you for all these wonderful links. I loved the article about the Spitalfields house. Have you ever heard of the late Dennis Severs' house in Spitalfields:

I have long wanted to vist; seems like an interesting and unique encounter with the past; historical performance art!

linda said...

I have just discovered your blog - ! Love it. Who painted the picture on this entry? Thanks.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Theo, I can understand why the modern furnishings may seem somewhat jarring in older buildings - but I'm guessing that because these are buildings and houses that are in use rather simply as museums, the owners choose to go with more functional comfortable pieces rather than antiques.

Maria L, I have seen the Severs house on-line - it looks fascinating, doesn't it? What a project! I'd love to visit it someday.

Linda, the painting is "At Breakfast", by Laurits Andersen Ring, 1898. Loretta found it, and we think it perfectly captures the feel of a lazy Sunday morning with something interesting to read.

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