Saturday, January 28, 2012

Breakfast Links: Week of January 23, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Served up fresh: our weekly offering of Breakfast Links! Our favorite links to other blogs, web sites, pictures, and articles, collected for you from around the Twitterverse.
Rethinking those white Regency dresses: "Blinded by the White, Dresses and colour 1796-1815"
One of the greatest letters ever written, from poet Robert Burns to a critic:
Great story of 18th c MA Gov Bowdoin's dinner party, his icy steps, & his (likely) inebriated guests:
• Amazing collection of 17th-19th c sleds/sleighs.
• In honor of the new year: Here be Dragons
• Portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, born in 1723, died this week in 1792.; to remember his talent, this handsome portrait:
• Real-life 'Gangs of NY': Leaders of the street gang "The Daybreak Boys" were hanged 28 Jan 1853
1500s Fashion for Gentlewomen included Fur (though not sure that all of these are dead)
• Maids of Honor from Queen Elizabeth's coronation remember too-tight gowns & fears of fainting:
• "Vegetable lambs of Tartary" - or exotic Chinese ferns?
• History myth debunked: "Everyone died young." Or not.
• At the Harp and Hoboy: John Walsh, Music Publisher'
• Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux, 18th c French painter, composer, and musician
• An old French tradition we should bring back: A gift basket from the groom with sparklies & dresses & things!
• Robert Adam's renovation of the Drury Lane Theatre 1775 - 'plate-glass on green and crimson ground' -
• A Family Fashion Artifact: The passing down of a Victorian dress hook.
• Henry VIII died this week in 1547: What Caused His Succession Problems: Syphilis or Bad Luck?
• Shakespearean Light Bulb Jokes -
• The majestic lion, magical unicorn, the lustful but sensitive centaur: animals of medieval art:
• Madder, Badder and More Dangerous Another Byron dueled with swords this week in 1765.
• Julienne Soup, "now highly in vogue" in 1759 - history & recipes:
• Pink hair is all the rage - just like it was in 1914:


Keri said...

Thanks for linking to my post about Rose-Adelaide Ducreux! I only wish there were more info available about her. I even pestered a PhD student friend of mine to access a research paper for me, but it didn't contain much more than I knew already.

I found the post "Blinded by the White, Dresses and colour 1796-1815" extremely well-researched and informative, and incredibly interesting! It's always a good reminder that all we know about history is really just conjecture based on the evidence available. We don't know anything for indisputable fact! Gives you kind of a Matrix-y feeling, no? ;)

Priscilla said...

Thank you for contributing "thou pickle-herring in the puppet-show of nonsense" to my vocabulary. I can always count on your two to enrich my life, not to mention my reading pleasure.

Ana said...

Marinni always has the most amazing posts!
And here's that sedan chair from a few posts back, with the hair of the seated lady being much taller than its roof :D .

Thank you for the dragons, too - I was in a play that welcomes the lunar New Year and have been dragon-happy lately :) .

Evangeline Holland said...

I'll have to dig it up, but the craze for colored hair began in Paris ca. 1913 and then spread to the very, very chicest women by 1914.

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