Saturday, April 18, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of April 13, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Served up fresh for your weekend browsing: our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, collected via Twitter.
• A Chinese fantasy: Middleton Park, 1806.
• Although poignantly beautiful today, Queen Charlotte did not like her 1789 portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
• How five black women rode from New York to DC by bicycle over Easter weekend, 1928.
• Watching Wolf Hall? Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the period-perfect costumes.
• The politics of early 18thc. Italian chocolate: Cosimo III's secret jasmine chocolate recipe.
Image: A delightful 19thc. patchwork pincushion in the shape of a teapot.
• Four infamous intelligence failures of the Revolutionary War.
• A striking English quillwork portrait, 1700-1720.
• Directly connected to British Imperialism: how India Pale Ale got its name.
Image: A well-dressed 1546 party in the garden.
• When wearing shorts was banned in America.
Scandal, elopement, and devotion: behind the lovely portrait of artist Allan Ramsey's second wife.
• How could they not have hired her? Eudora Welty, aged 23, applies for a job at the New Yorker in 1933.
• A gentleman's Chinese silk banyan with matching waistcoat, made in Italy c. 1800.
• The story of Columbus's voyage to the New World continues to be told with one monumental error.
Image: So sweet: a long-forgotten flower pressed between the pages of a 1790s almanac.
• A lovely French fan of the Directoire period.
• Books, children, and (possibly) staged photos as propaganda during WWII.
• By ambition hewn: when beautiful architecture marks a sad history: Ballysaggartmore, County Waterford.
• How roller-skating made for a speedier romance in Victorian England.
• Why fashion magazines still matter.
• The forgotten squalor of NY's Cornelia Street.
• Now this is vintage pulp fiction, with a lurid, over-the-top cover to match - and written by the creator of Wonder Woman!
• Image: Abdul Karim, Indian Secretary to Queen Victoria, and more about him here.
• The material culture of tragedy: what Abraham Lincoln left behind.
• A 17thc recipe: Robert Boyle's "best way" to make syrup of violets.
• Thousands of women ran for office before they had the vote - and some of them won, too.
• The Viking women who disappeared.
• How do you correct a misprint in a 16thc book?
Image: You know there must be a story here: charming anonymous photograph c.1910.
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Kaisievic said...

Some wonderful articles and images, thank you so much.

Hels said...

Allan Ramsay was indeed an incomparable painter of women and the portrait of his second wife was full of grace and refinement. But what a price he and his second wife paid. Who wants to be cut off from their family? Great post!

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