Today's the day, publication of Decadent Women: Yellow Book Lives by ReaktionBooks. It's taken 20 years of research in archives in Britain and the US but I think the book is better for not having been rushed. #DecadentWomen https://reaktionbooks.co.uk/work/decadent-women
#DecadentWomen #Victorian #Decadence #Decadent
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Rare Bronte artefacts on show in new exhibition
Ready for the fancy dress ball (1879) by Alfred Stevens (Belgian artist, lived 1823–1906).
The artist was at the peak of his career and highly successful. As can be guessed by the magnificence of this "Chinese Boudoir" room in his fabulous home on the Rue des Martyrs, Paris.
Portrait of May Sartoris by Frederic Leighton (English artist, lived 1830–1896). May (aged 15) is painted life-size, dressed in dark colours apart from the bright red sash. The fallen tree represents mortality. Hampshire countryside.
A Merry Heart Goes A Long Way (1912) by Thomas Benjamin Kennington (English artist, lived 1856–1916).
'If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.' ― J.R.R. Tolkien.
What was it like to bake a #Victorian era dessert in Canada's Kitchener-Waterloo region during the early 1900s? 🤔
This video from Parcs #Canada takes us on a journey back in time, featuring the making of Cottage Pudding and Lemon #sauce. The #recipe is from The Berlin Cook Book, a Canadian #book published in 1906. 🇨🇦🍋
The Ball (1906) by Karl Wilda (Austrian artist, lived 1854–1907).
'Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.' ― Voltaire.
This ‘#JaneEyre' enthusiast invites you to treat your favorite books as sacred text
Rare sighting of a good-natured joke about a German professor found in a nineteenth-century British #newspaper. Enjoy!
The Mill on the Floss - 1991
Daniel Deronda - 1999
Silas Marner - 2011
Middlemarch - 2019
Adam Bede - 2021
Portrait of Herbert Barnard John Everett by William Orpen (Irish artist, lived 1878–1931). The sitter "John Everett" was an English artist. Apparently there are more paintings by him in UK public art collections than any other artist. No wonder he looks so pleased with himself.
The Lady of Shalott (1888) by John William Waterhouse (1849–1917). The plight of an unfortunate young woman, based on the figure of Elaine of Astolat from the Arthurian legend. Pre-Raphaelite style.
1/5 Crystal Palace subway
built to provide passage between the now closed Crystal Palace high level station and the now burnt down #CrystalPalace under what is now the A212.
It's currently being restored and I went to an Open Day a couple of weeks ago.
It was very busy so I used Photoshop AI to get rid of the people and some of the distractions, but the ceiling is the showstopper and this is as I saw it.
Matches!—buy a box of matches of a poor girl!
From "London Cries & Public Edifices" written & illustrated by John Leighton (aka Luke Limner), London: 1851 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/matches/
Cats' meat!—dogs' meat!
From "London Cries & Public Edifices" written & illustrated by John Leighton (aka Luke Limner), London: 1851 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/cats-meat/
Umbrellas to mend!—any old ones to sell!
From "London Cries & Public Edifices" written & illustrated by John Leighton (aka Luke Limner), London: 1851 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/umbrellas-mend/
Frontispiece from "London Cries & Public Edifices" written & illustrated by John Leighton (aka Luke Limner), London: 1851 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/cries-london-frontispiece/
John Leech, from "Colin Clink," vol.1 by Charles Hooton, London: 1841 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/struggle/
Miss Sowersoft’s attention to Mr. Palethorpe.
John Leech, from "Colin Clink," vol.1 by Charles Hooton, London: 1841 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/attention/
Colin’s first interview with Mr. Palethorpe.
John Leech, from "Colin Clink," vol.1 by Charles Hooton, London: 1841 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/first-interview/
The Andalusian Fates (c. 1910-13) by José Villegas Cordero (Spanish artist, lived 1848–1921). Three brightly dressed young women representing the three fates – Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos – who spin, measure, and cut the strands of fate which represent human life in Greek Mythology.
The Little Foot Page (1905) by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (English artist, lived 1872-1945). Dressed in male clothing and about to cut her long hair so she can pass as a boy. Her dress and wimple are discarded in the foreground. ‘Pre-Raphaelite revivalist’.
Why period drama TV crews love famous Yorkshire hall backdrop
World of dreams (1876) by Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema (English artist, lived 1852–1909). Note the use of mirrors and windows. Nurse, nanny or mother? 🤔
Sleep and His Half Brother Death (1874) by John William Waterhouse (English artist, lived 1849–1917). A reference to the brother Greek gods Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death). The artist painted this after both his own younger brothers died of tuberculosis.
Artefacts belonging to the #Bronte siblings to go on show
Young bookworm (1890) by Ilya Galkin (1860-1915).
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.
Process of rolling armor-plates for Her Majesty's ships at the Atlas Steelworks, Sheffield.
From "The Illustrated London News," vol. 39, London: 1861 #illustration #periodical #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/rolling-armor-plates/
Some shots from today's open day at the Crystal Palace Subway linking the terminus station under The Parade roadway as a gateway to the Palace.
The station closed in 1954 and the Palace burnt down in 1936 but the subway remains and is being restored to its former glory. Hopefully completed later this year as an example of how he architect wowed the visitor while carefully managing the crowd to avoid crushing.
The last vestige of old Westminster Bridge.
From "The Illustrated London News," vol. 39, London: 1861 #illustration #Victorian #London https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/vestige-westminster-bridge/
The hand of glory.
John Tenniel, from "The Ingoldsby legends" by Thomas Ingoldsby, (Richard Harris Barham), New York: [1848?] #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/hand-glory/
Standford's Continuing Ed has an upcoming online class “#JaneEyre and #WutheringHeights." It begins on Tuesday September 26 and runs for six weeks. The class is 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST) to 8:50 p.m. PST (11:50 p.m. EST). Cost is $405 for the class and videos will be made available. You can find more information here: https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/liberal-arts-and-sciences/jane-eyre-and-wuthering-heights/20231_LIT-52
#PennedPossibilities 61 — Write about something your MC frequently forgets
In the WIP Mrs Ashston thoroughly approves of the Ten Commandments, is an enthusiastic church-goer, gives a lot to charity, and is pretty ropey on putting most of the other commandments into practice. She believes in God and wouldn't ever kill anyone. Lying, cheating, stealing, adultery with men or women, envy - yup.
#Bronte Festival of Women's Writing reveals line-up
This time is for me.
I close my eyes and relax
In a state of calm.
Recumbent framed art print by Steve Henderson -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/recumbent-steve-henderson.html?product=framed-print
#bath #bedroom #sofa #home #relax #peace #calm #weekend #freedom #sleep #ayearforart #buyintoart #mastodon #mastoart #fediverse #fediart #fedigiftshop #romantic #romance #elegant #stevehenderson #art #artwork #bedroomdecor #bathroomdecor #Victorian #woman #beauty #femme #model #haiku #poem #poetry #writingcommunity #thoughts #poetrycommunity
So, I've been working with data about the three-volume novel, and I wrote up a first post:
Come for the unexplained reference to an "electrical word counter," stay for the very modest contribution to literary and book history. (SPOILER: The 3-Volume Novel got shorter over its life.)
Currently reading: Kate Strasdin's "The Dress Diary | Secrets of a #Victorian woman's wardrobe".
It's fascinating in many ways. But she has a whole chapter on #BobbinLace that nearly made me weep. She has made lace, and this diary came to her from the lace community. It was lovely to read.
The birthplace of the #Brontë sisters could soon be opening to the public
Waiting takes patience.
It is not easy or fun.
But we all do it.
Lady in Waiting greeting card -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/lady-in-waiting-steve-henderson.html?product=greeting-card
#haiku #poetry #poem #waiting #greetingcard #art #artist #artwork #stevehenderson #mastoart #mastodon #fediverse #fediart #fedigiftshop #writing #writingcommunity #thoughts #sunset #twilight #ocean #coast #beach #magical #lavender #glow #lights #buyintoart #ayearforart #nature #outside #sea #seaside #house #home #victorian #glow #gold #woman #beauty #waiting
The bright red Herd Groyne Lighthouse, built in 1882, still acts as a navigational aid for vessels entering and leaving the River Tyne in the North East of England.
Personally, I always think it looks like a Jules Verne version of NASA's Apollo Lunar Landing Module (maybe that's where they got the idea!).
NOW AVAILABLE: The House of Ash (print and e-book)
My newest gothic horror novella is now out (woot!). 'The House of Ash' is a standalone vampire fiction book that's set in an AU Victorian England. There's a romantic subplot in the book, but the primary focus is the family matriarch and her efforts at protecting her blind grandson.
For more detailed info on the moodboard (attached to this toot), content warnings, etc., please check out my site's gallery page (link below).
Length: 50,000 words
Tu t'en repentiras, Colin.
George du Maurier, from "Wives and Daughters," vol. 1 by Elizabeth Gaskell, London: 1866 #illustration #art #Victorian https://www.oldbookillustrations.com/illustrations/colin/
Abandoned church in England 🇬🇧
I climbed up behind the very tall altar, balancing on an old radiator and onto the narrow window ledge. This gave a very interesting vantage point to shoot my photos from, while balancing and shooting over the top of the altar.
Kinda looks like I am hovering several metres of the floor though, guess it offers a different perspective 🤣
My first toot!
If you are a #JaneAusten or #Bronte fan, I curate a list of over 100 streaming Austen and Bronte period pieces found here: https://exitpursuedbyabear.net/streaming-jane-austen-and-the-brontes/ (updated quarterly).
If you're a fan of period tv shows and mini-series, I curate a list of nearly 300 streaming mini-series / TV found here: https://exitpursuedbyabear.net/projects/put-a-cravat-on-it/ (updated yearly). Both link to streaming services it is available on. Enjoy!
@shauny Not an allegory I've ever seen posited before but one that can fit I'm sure.
My review here of a story I didn't like at all on broadcast but totally re-evaluated on rewatch.
"James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was one of the most important mathematical physicists of all time, after only Newton and Einstein. Within a relatively short lifetime he made enormous contributions to science which this lecture will survey." https://youtu.be/v40OcJ7rfSE #Youtube #Video #History #Science #Lecture #Physics #Maths #Math #Mathematics #victorian #histodon #histodons @histodon @histodons @science
I'm not new to mastodon but I am new to this server so perhaps an(other) introduction is in order? I teach #Victorian literature and detective fiction at #Dalhousie. My research interests include ethical criticism; historiography; and 19th- and 20th-C women writers of 'novels of purpose' (which is what I am focusing on in my current projects).
I've been writing my blog Novel Readings since 2007. I post there about things I read, about my teaching, about academia and criticism more generally, and sometimes about personal things.
When I'm not reading, I like to crochet and do cross-stitch, both of which are good ways to keep the hands busy while listening to bookish podcasts.
If the bird site really does implode, I'll miss it a lot, but it's the community I've found there that matters to me, and maybe it will survive in new spaces - like this one!
The respect for aboriginal rights and indigenous equality is strong in these parts.
What better way to celebrate such vital aspects of modern Australia than to display such magnificent art within the heartland of the city’s botanic and recreation areas?
The eyes of these children are filled with hope, happiness and compassion.
I have a strong sense the voice of a nation is making lasting strides, for the better.
#victorian #melbourne #narrm #Australia #muralart #murals #mural #mastoart #art #aesthetichedonist #makesmehappy
#repect #treaty #treatynow #indigenous #indigenousvoice #aboriginal #sacred #ulurustatementfromtheheart #voiceofparliament #voteyes
‘Flying Gull’ swam the 40m length pool in just 30 sec & won.
The front crawl he used was unknown to the #Europeans.
The stroke was swiftly deemed barbaric & unrefined by the press & the Brits refused to do anything but breaststroke (& later sidestroke) until 1873.
Online. 26th-27th August. All day to hit different time zones. Talks recorded so you don't miss anything. Get discounted tickets for the first month.
Her posthumous books featured her "wild and fearless life," but she was also a trailblazing famous #Victorian #lepidopterist, published in The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variations, expert on tropical butterflies, discovering, documenting, breeding & gathering specimen in 60 countries, …
NOW AVAILABLE: The Heart of Ameinias (print and e-book)
The first sequel to my 'Ghosts and Tea' epistolary fiction series is now out (yay!). The moodboard attached to this toot, by the way, looks much more serious than the book's tone.
Length: 50,000 words
It's been AGES since I did a bonus Q&A episode on the #podcast. Had a few msgs about what will happen w My Love Letter Time Machine when we get to the end of the letters? I have more paperwork (needs some research - need to get up ot #Sheffield and #Middlesbrough this Summer) but I'd love to know what you'd like to hear me cover more in the podcast! More #Victorian #History? More of the family characters? Newspaper events of the day? Other people's love #letters? Can't wait to hear from you.
(detail from The Love Letter, Toulmouche.
The cravat doesn't work with the collarless black shirt, so I can't decide between white shirt and cravat, or black shirt and neck scarf. I didn't pack the pink scarf in the end though - I found a black one which goes better.
What do you think?
It's super rare to have both sides of a correspondence - these are the love letters of my great great grandparents, Janie Warburton and Fred Shepherd. I keep saying there are over 200 but I've never counted them. For the last 18 months I've been turning them into the #Victorian #History #podcast My Love Letter Time Machine. They date from 1878 to 1882. Fred and Janie were just ordinary working class people from Sheffield, Yorkshire, they also had a bit of spark - the wit in these pages cracks me up all the time.
Please come to 3 #bookhistory lectures next week in Philadelphia & remotely: Monday, on how #Victorian masters laid hands on books; Tuesday, on what Victorian servants refused to read; Thursday, on #lockdown reading. https://www.library.upenn.edu/event/reading-from-home. Slides feature @shannonmattern @wynkenhimself @mkirschenbaum @kateozment @ryancordell @mlmcgill @agoldst @whitneytrettien.
23) EMILY BRONTË (1818-1848),
With dark family secrets, haunting pasts, brutal characters, suggestions of spirits, and foreboding landscapes, Emily Brontë's only novel, 'Wuthering Heights', is steeped with gothic imagery and motifs
22) VIOLET HUNT (1862-1942),
Author and a founder of the Women Writers' Suffrage League. Hunt wrote two collections of gothic texts: 'Tales of the Uneasy' and 'More Tales of the Uneasy'
21) EDITH NESBIT (1858-1924),
Though often remembered for her children’s books, Nesbit wrote several gothic tales. Many were published in her collections ‘Grim Tales’ (1893), 'Something Wrong’ (1893) and ‘Fear’ (1910)
20) CHARLOTTE BRONTË, (1816-1855),
Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847) contains various tropes of gothic fiction with its family secrets, gloomy settings, and suggestions of supernatural horrors
19) MARY LOUISA MOLESWORTH (1839-1921),
Although best remembered as a children’s author, Molesworth also wrote 2 collections of stories aimed at adults: ‘Four Ghost Stories’ (1888) and ‘Uncanny Tales’ (1896)