Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
Portrait of Confucious, frontispiece to vol. 1 of J.-B. Du Halde (1674-1743), The General History of China: containing a geographical, historical, chronological, political and physical description of the empire of China, Chinese-Tartary, Corea and Thibet; including an exact and particular account of their customs, manners, ceremonies, religion, arts and sciences; the whole adorn’d with curious maps, and variety of copper-plates (London: J. Watts, 1741), 3rd ed. corr.
I really cannot get enough of 18th-century travel literature, in case you haven’t already noticed. The engravings in so many of these large format travel books are positively magnificent.
For more travel literature of the 18th century, and how various cultures around the world influenced each other in that era of circumnavigation, read the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles for free at the journal archive:
Plate from ‘Culpepper’s English Physician, and Complete Herbal’
by E. Sibley
I haven’t seen one like this in colour from the 18th century: magnificent!
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The Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1762-66)
Just had to reblog this: gotta love some Tiepolo.
Mrs. Jordan in the Character of Hippolyta, painting by John Hoppner.
Dorothea Jordan (21 November 1761 – 5 July 1816) was an Anglo-Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom, for 20 years while he was Duke of Clarence. Together they had ten illegitimate children, all of whom took the surname FitzClarence.This portrait shows her in one of her most popular ‘breeches’ roles in Cibber’s ‘She Would and She Would Not’, where she dresses as a young soldier to follow her lover to Madrid.
The archives at McMaster University (Research Collections, Mills Library) hold so many amazing books on worldwide travels during the eighteenth century, and these tomes are often filled with spectacular illustrations. Today, three animals from one book: I found Goat, Buffalo, and Camel in A collection of late voyages and travels, chiefly translated and abridged from the French and other foreign publications of Neihbur, Mariti, Beauchamp, &c. &c. The whole forming a body of important and amusing information, concerning the present state of manners, of arts and literature, of religion and government, … With 12 plates, and a map of Asia, by Beauchamp, Alph. de, 1767-1832, Ferrières-Sauvebœuf, Louis-François, comte de, 1762-1814, Mariti, Giovanni, 1736-1806, Niebuhr, Carsten, 1733-1815., Heron, Robert, 1764-1807 ([Edinburgh]: Watson and Co., Edinburgh, and J. Hamilton, London, 1797).
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The Pan-STARRS comet passes in view of northern hemisphere skywatchers this week, a magnificent sight, much like the return of Halley’s comet in 1759. Caroline Herschel discovered many comets during her astronomical studies in the late 18th century. This image, not exactly of Caroline Herschel but it made me think of her, is from Benjamin Martin (1705-82), The Young Gentleman and Lady’s Philosophy, in a continued survey of the works of nature and art; by way of dialogue. … Illustrated by … copper-plates. The second edition corrected, vol. 1, frontispiece (London: W. Owen), 1772. In a century that often discouraged women from studying and participating in the sciences, this book offers an open-minded attitude to educating all young people.
For more about women and science in the 18th century, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles: