Eighteenth-Century Fiction journal

Eighteenth-Century Fiction, a McMaster University journal

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People of the 18th-century leisure class knew how to entertain themselves. Painting offered hours of “heureusement,” for both the artist and the sitters. An evening filled with musical diversions was typical following supper in a wealthy household. Looks like the painter in the top image has a critic leaning over his shoulder (an early version of a troll?), and the woman at the harpsichord has a rather ardent fan leaning on her chair (let’s hope he’s just reading the sheet music so he can sing along).

To learn more about leisure time in the 18th century, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:

The Middle State’: Italian Opera in Frances Burney’s Cecilia
Author: Leya Landau

Representations of the Domestic Parlour in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa, 1747–48
Author: Karen Lipsedge

Cryptogrammatophoria: The Romance and Novelty of Losing Readers in Code
Author: Katherine Ellison

`The Little Republic’ of the Family: Goldsmith’s Politics of Nostalgia
Author: James P. Carson

And remember to submit your manuscript for consideration, for “The Senses of Humour”; call for articles here


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    Interesting stuff about the lives of the rich and famous in the 18th C.