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Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

- April 17, 2019 in Boghouse Miscellany, georgian britain, georgian london, graffiti, history of graffiti, Hurlothrumbo, latrinalia, Literature, samuel johnson, toilets

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as “Hurlothrumbo”) committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England’s public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of “latrinalia” offers a unique and fascinating insight into early Georgian life. Maximilian Novak explores.

Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

- April 17, 2019 in Boghouse Miscellany, georgian britain, georgian london, graffiti, history of graffiti, Hurlothrumbo, latrinalia, Literature, samuel johnson, toilets

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as “Hurlothrumbo”) committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England’s public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of “latrinalia” offers a unique and fascinating insight into early Georgian life. Maximilian Novak explores.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Art (1460–1921)

- April 16, 2019 in artworks featuring the notre dame, notre-dame, Notre-Dame Cathedral, paris

Highlights from the many centuries of artworks to feature the iconic building — from its illuminated punctuation of medieval skylines to grainy detailed studies at the birth of photography.

The Book of Dreams and Ghosts (1897)

- April 10, 2019 in andrew lang, dreams, ghost stories, ghosts, supernatural

Andrew Lang, The Book of Dreams and Ghosts; London ; New York; Bombay: Longmans, Green, 1897. Seventy eight weird happenings are contained in this volume, from a demon strangling Devonian farmers in 1682 to a poltergeist terrorising a contemporary Chinese couple. With it the author Andrew Lang continues his mission to imbue the modern mind […]

Bracelli’s Bizzarie di Varie Figure (1624)

- April 9, 2019 in Bizzarie di Varie Figure, Giovanni Battista Bracelli, proto-cubism, who invented cubism

Giovanni Battista Giovanni Battista Bracelli's extraordinary book of prescient prints that predate the Cubist movement by a good three centuries.

The Khan’s Drinking Fountain

- April 4, 2019 in airag, alcohol, Art & Illustrations, ayrag, Culture & History, drinking, empire, fermented mare's milk, fountain, kumis, Möngke khan, mongol empire

Of all the things described in William of Rubruck’s account of his travels through 13th-century Asia, perhaps none is so striking as the remarkably ornate fountain he encountered in the Mongol capital which — complete with silver fruit and an angelic automaton — flowed with various alcoholic drinks for the grandson of Genghis Khan and guests. Devon Field explores how this so-called Silver Tree of Karakoum became a potent symbol, not only of the Mongol Empire’s imperial might, but also its downfall.

Leave it to Psmith (1923)

- April 3, 2019 in p. g. Wodehouse, psmith

The most popular adventure of P. G. Wodehouse's Psmith, a character based on English hotelier and impresario Rupert D'Oyly Carte.

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours (1814)

- April 2, 2019 in Abraham Gottlob Werner, color, color theory, colour, colour theory, Patrick Syme

Extending Werner's system, this is Patrick Syme's classic taxonomic guide to the colours of the natural world.

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours (1814)

- April 2, 2019 in Abraham Gottlob Werner, color, color theory, colour, colour theory, Patrick Syme

Extending Werner's system, this is Patrick Syme's classic taxonomic guide to the colours of the natural world.

Women at Work during World War I

- March 27, 2019 in factory, war, women at work in world war one, women in wartime, world war 1

Highlights from Imperial War Museum's collection of photographs showing women at work during World War I