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Readers reading #6 The Travelling Companions (1862) – By Augustus Egg (1816 –1863). Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Oil on canvas. 65.3 x 78.7 cm What strikes me most is that the two you…

The Travelling Companions Augustus Leopold Egg Birmingham Museums Trust

No. 4.  Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens) Spoiler alert! The only reason this marriage doesn’t happen is that Madeline’s father dies one hour befor…

Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens) Spoiler alert! The only reason this marriage doesn’t happen is that Madeline’s father dies one hour befor…

Readers reading #7 The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. I am very tempted to add thought bubbles for each of the subjects in this painting. If you have any…

the breakfast 1911 William Mc gregor

I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kis…

I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley blowing a kiss.

Could this be the first “selfie” in history? It is an 1839 self portrait of Robert Cornelius (1809 –1893). On the reverse of the photo it reads ‘The first light picture ever taken…

The First Selfie, 1839 Selfies aren't a new invention. In fact, the first portrait ever taken was a selfie, by Robert Cornelius in It used the daguerreotype method named after the man from the previous photograph, Louis Daguerre.

Readers reading #7 Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850) – By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery. A lovely painting – I have looked at it many …

Readers reading Answering the Emigrant’s Letter – By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x Manchester City Art Gallery. A lovely painting – I have looked at it many …

In Our Time, BBC Radio 4. A discussion of Tess of the D’urbervilles. On iPlayer

In Our Time, BBC Radio A discussion of Tess of the D’urbervilles. On iPlayer

The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. I couldn’t resist it! My apologies to Mr Paxton.

The Breakfast – By William McGregor Paxton. I couldn’t resist it! My apologies to Mr Paxton.

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century Photograph #2 1838: The first human on film (bottom, left). A street in Paris. Photograph by Louis Daguerre. The street looks empty. Perhaps the long exposure ti…

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century Photograph The first human on film (bottom, left). Photograph by Louis Daguerre. The street looks empty. Perhaps the long exposure ti…

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today  (b. 25 May 1803 – d. 27 April 1882). Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you’ve become cynical and dejected about life,…

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today (b. 25 May 1803 – d. 27 April Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you’ve become cynical and dejected about life,…


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