Monthly Archives: March 2018

Cat Epitaphs

From the middle of the century, epitaphs for pet cats, usually in the form of poems, begin to appear in various newspapers and magazines. Here are some lines from one published anonymously in the London Magazine of 1733, obviously by a … Continue reading

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Georgian Courtship

In modern times, choosing a partner is seen as primarily a matter for the two persons concerned; a decision based on individual feelings of desire, affection and love. Not so in the eighteenth century. That’s not to say that none … Continue reading

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Fox-hunting in Georgian Days

“Mr. Peter Delme’s Hounds on the Hampshire Downs”, by James Seymour, 1738. “Fox-hunting as we know it,” the social historian Roy Porter wrote, “was a Georgian invention.” He was, of course, referring to people on horseback, with a pack of … Continue reading

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Georgian Workers in Wood

In the eighteenth century, not all craftsmen were equal. There was a definite hierarchy amongst them, based on a number of different factors: the amount of skill or artistry required to do the work, the nature of the materials used … Continue reading

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