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The Tomb and the Telephone Box: Soane’s Mausoleum (1816)

- January 24, 2019 in communication, George Gilbert Scott, Giles Gilbert Scott, graveyard, london, mausoleum, red telephone box, Sir John Soane, soane's mausoleum, St Pancras Old Church, telephone box, tomb

How the Soane family tomb provided inspiration for London's iconic red telephone box.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin: Shewing how he Went Further than he Intended, and Came Safe Home Again (1782)

- March 27, 2018 in ballad, chapbooks, horse, horse riding, John Gilpin, london, William Cowper, woodcuts

A 1906 edition of William Cowper's famous ballad, illustrated with brilliantly comic woodcuts from Robert Seaver.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin: Shewing how he Went Further than he Intended, and Came Safe Home Again (1782)

- March 27, 2018 in ballad, chapbooks, horse, horse riding, John Gilpin, london, William Cowper, woodcuts

A 1906 edition of William Cowper's famous ballad, illustrated with brilliantly comic woodcuts from Robert Seaver.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin: Shewing how he Went Further than he Intended, and Came Safe Home Again (1782)

- March 27, 2018 in ballad, chapbooks, horse, horse riding, John Gilpin, london, William Cowper, woodcuts

A 1906 edition of William Cowper's famous ballad, illustrated with brilliantly comic woodcuts from Robert Seaver.

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (1812)

- June 13, 2017 in Anna Laetitia Barbauld, britain, fall of empires, future, london, napoleonic wars, ruin

Anna Laetitia Barbauld's controversial poem which presciently imagines a future Britain in ruin, eclipsed by the rising might of America.

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (1812)

- June 13, 2017 in Anna Laetitia Barbauld, britain, fall of empires, future, london, napoleonic wars, ruin

Anna Laetitia Barbauld's controversial poem which presciently imagines a future Britain in ruin, eclipsed by the rising might of America.

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (1812)

- June 13, 2017 in Anna Laetitia Barbauld, britain, fall of empires, future, london, napoleonic wars, ruin

Anna Laetitia Barbauld's controversial poem which presciently imagines a future Britain in ruin, eclipsed by the rising might of America.

A Queer Taste for Macaroni

- February 22, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, beau, captain jones, Culture & History, dandy, dandyism, fop, gay, georgian britain, georgian london, grand tour, homosexuality, homosexuality in the 18th century, london, macaroni, matthew darly, queer culture, sodomy, sodomy trial

With his enormous hair, painted face, and dainty attire, the so-called "macaroni" was a common sight upon the streets and ridiculing prints of 1770s London. Dominic Janes explores how with this new figure — and the scandalous sodomy trials with which the stereotype became entwined — a widespread discussion of same-sex desire first entered the public realm, long before the days of Oscar Wilde.

London a Hundred Years Hence (1857)

- February 4, 2016 in commerce, future history, futurology, historical predictions of the future, london, retrofuture, shopping

A vision, from 1857, of what London would look like 100 years in the future — including the prediction of vast shopping malls and internet shopping.

London a Hundred Years Hence (1857)

- February 4, 2016 in commerce, future history, futurology, historical predictions of the future, london, retrofuture, shopping

A vision, from 1857, of what London would look like 100 years in the future — including the prediction of vast shopping malls and internet shopping.