"Manner of Passing the Second River in Peake Hole," plate 96 in G.M. Woodward, Eccentric Excursions (London, 1798). On their backs, the porters carry the wealthy tourists through the water, so the adventurers can spelunk without getting their feet wet.
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Frontispiece to an 18th-century edition of Aesop’s Fables. I think the artist was trying to squeeze every fable into this one image. How many different fables do you recognize here?
This illustration comes from Fables, of Aesop and other eminent mythologists: with morals and reflexions. By Sir Roger L’Estrange, Kt. (London: R. Sare, A. and J. Churchil, D. Brown, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, [and 4 others in London], 1704)
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Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Foster by Angelica Kauffmann.
Posting a few re-blogs because I’m working from home today. Will post a fresh Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal archive pic tomorrow. Apologies for the delay.
1763 Alexander Roslin - The Comtesse d’Egmont Pignatelli in Spanish Costume
The dog! The shoes! Swoon!
Portrait of Miss Constable (1787). George Romney (English, 1734–1802). Oil on canvas. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.
Miss Constable is wearing a bergère (French for shepherdess) hat, a flat-brimmed straw hat with a shallow crown, usually trimmed with ribbon and flowers. It could be worn in various ways with the brim folded back or turned up or down. It was widely worn in the mid-18th century, and versions may be seen in many British and French paintings of the period.
More George Romney! I adore his style.
George Romney - Lady Hamilton as The Magdalene (1792)
Enjoying some George Romney today.
"The Bum Shop," by R. Delin, London (1785).
The foibles of fashion. Gotta love it.
Pendant (18th Century). Japan.
Oh. I think I need to have that, or a copy thereof. Wow!
The tradesmen and manufacturers in Baltimore began drafting this petition asking for duties on certain imported goods in February 1789, before Congress had even met for the first time. The petition is from approximately 750 citizens, and received in Congress on April 11, 1789. The new revenue system passed by the First Congress included four acts that related to foreign trade: the Impost Act, HR 2; the Tonnage Act, HR 5; the Collection Act, HR 11; and the Coasting Act, HR 16.
Petition of the Tradesmen, Manufacturers, and Others of Baltimore, 4/11/1789, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (NAID 7788930)
Reblogging a few 18th-century posts today.
Although this engraving identifies the game as “Bomble [Bumble] Puppy,” it looks more like bocce to me. This engraving is from James Godby, Italian Scenery: representing the manners, customs, and amusements of the different states of Itlay containing thirty-two coloured engravings (London: Edward Ormer, 1806).
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Plate from Giorgio Fossati (1705-78), Raccolta di varie favole : delineate, ed incise in rame / Recueil de diverses fables: designée & gravées George Fossati (Venezia: Carlo Pecora, 1744). I can never share enough images of animals from 18th-century books.
For more on animals and/or fables, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles, free to read on the journal archive at Digital Commons:
Bonus post this week to celebrate two years on Tumblr for the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and gaining our 400th follower!
Fisher selling his catch to women on the beach in Italia: I adore the bright colours in their clothes. They look to be bargaining fiercely with the fisher. This plate is from James Godby, Italian Scenery: representing the manners, customs, and amusements of the different states of Itlay containing thirty-two coloured engravings (London: Edward Ormer, 1806).
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Scottifying the Palate, from the Picturesque Beauties of Boswell series (1786). McMaster University owns a beautiful album holding this collection of etched plates by TThomas Rowlandson after Collings, which caricature James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour in the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (London, 1785). “Dr Johnson is slumped on a quayside as he is reluctantly fed salted dry Speldings fish by a jocular Boswell who attempts to introduce Johnson to the Scottish palate. Boswell’s servant, Ritter, stands in the left background. On the right fish wives point and laugh at the spectacle.” The inscription included below the image (but not pictured here) quotes a passage from Boswell’s book: “I bought some Speldings, fish salted and dried in a particular manner, being dipped in the Sea & dried in the Sun and eaten by the Scots by way of relish, — He had never seen them though they are sold in London. I insisted on Scottifying his palate, but he was very reluctant. With difficulty I prevailed with him. — He did not like it.” I can understand how the caricuratist came up with this scene.
For more on the importance and ubiquity of caricature in 18th-century culture, read the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles (free to read on the journal’s Digital Commons archive):
Pamela, Shamela, and the Politics of the Pamela Vogue
General Tilney and Tyranny: Northanger Abbey
Imitation and Ideology: Henry Mackenzie’s Rousseau
"Falling into Fiction": Reading Female Quixotism
The Critique of Freethinking from Swift to Sterne
Parody in Eliza Haywood’s A Letter from H— G—g, Esq.
That’s some rustic macaroni-eating. I found this color plate and the accompanying text in a book published in 1806. Another post from the long 18th century, but that’s where I find the most color options! The explanatory text made me laugh. I will post more of the fabulous color plates from this book this spring. James Godby, Italian Scenery: representing the manners, customs, and amusements of the different states of Itlay containing thirty-two coloured engravings (London: Edward Ormer, 1806).
For more on 18th-century gastronomy, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
Feasting and Fasting: Nourishment in the Novels of Samuel Richardson
Cooking Up a Story: Jane West, Prudentia Homespun, and the Consumption of Fiction
"Wholesome Nutriment" for the Rising Generation: Food, Nationalism, and Didactic Fiction at the End of the Eighteenth Century
"The Muses O’lio”: Satire, Food, and Tobias Smollett’s The Expedition of Humphry Clinker