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Jane Austen, the English novelist

Posted in British Countryside, Country House, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This rather restrained portrait of a rather humourless Jane Austen is in fact based on a watercolour by her sister Cassandra, in which the witty and amusing novelist of the English Gentry appears to be furiously grumpy and even plain cross. Our picture, happily, has lightened her mood and brightened her expression, so that her cheeks draw colour from the pretty pink ribbon in her cap.

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Jane Austen by Horace Gaffron

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Posted in English Literature, Famous crimes, Famous landmarks, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, Literature, London on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This marvellous and exquisitely drawn picture shows two of the world’s most famous fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, sitting in 221B Baker Street discussing the finer points of some recently solved conundrum, and the laconic Holmes expressing his customary conceit with the immortal line, “Elementary, my dear Watson”.

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Sherlock Holmes: Elementary, my dear Watson!

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Frankenstein’s Monster

Posted in Cinema, English Literature, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This powerful picture is a superb portrait of the Monster created by Baron Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s famous Gothic novel. The face is faintly reminiscent of Boris Karloff’s cinema portrayal of the role, and the image itself accords perfectly with our archetypal idea of the Monster’s iconic appearance.

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Frankenstein's Monster

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David Copperfield and Agnes Wickfield

Posted in English Literature, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Literature on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a charming portrait of Dickens’s most popular hero, David Copperfield, with the exemplary Agnes Wickfield, whose Christian patience and often tiresome selflessness are rewarded when she becomes David’s second wife, after the death of the sweet but silly Dora. They gaze with suspicion at the odious Uriah Heap, who is soon to meet his nemesis.

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David Copperfield and Agnes Wickfield by Pat Nicolle

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William Shakespeare relaxing at a tavern

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Shakespeare, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This picture convincingly presents Shakespeare as a mere actor and tavern frequenter, along with his band of roistering fellow players. It is one view of William Shakespeare firmly held by those who dispute his authorship of the plays, but looking at his faintly tipsy amusement on that pub bench, we can also easily imagine he is the great playwright enjoying a night out with some thespians wearing his own actor’s hat.

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William Shakespeare (reclining, centre) at a tavern by Neville Dear

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William Shakespeare watching Romeo and Juliet

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Shakespeare, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a marvellous and captivating picture of Shakespeare watching one of the first performances of his early romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, sometime in 1592; he looks round at the audience for their reactions, enjoying their emotional response to what we can see is now the most famous scene in the entire play – the Balcony Scene – but which then would have been utterly and breathtakingly original.

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William Shakespeare watching Romeo and Juliet by Neville Dear

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William Shakespeare reading on the street

Posted in Actors, Architecture, Dogs, English Literature, Historical articles, History, Literature, London, Shakespeare, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This clever picture shows a snapshot of late-Elizabethan street life in London, with unruly children and crabby old men and fearsome looking dogs, and in the midst of this motley humanity stands the self-contained figure of Shakespeare reading a small and interesting book. The enchanting idea the image conveys is that countless ordinary people must have rubbed shoulders with the great man day after day.

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William Shakespeare reading by Neville Dear

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Shakespeare’s first job in the theatre

Posted in Actors, English Literature, Historical articles, History, London, Theatre, Transport on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Our marvellously counterintuitive picture shows a bearded young man from Stratford at the very start of his career in the theatre. He is handling the carriage horses of famous actors arriving at one of London’s popular playhouses, and the half-timbered Elizabethan buildings on the street reinforce the sense of utter normality in this scene, save for one unusual element in the picture – the young man happens to be named William Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare, standing outside a playhouse and holding the horses of the actors as they arrived

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Posted in Bravery, English Literature, Famous battles, Famous news stories, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, War on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This remarkable picture shows the Charge of the Light Brigade, and differs from many images of this famous military engagement in its depiction of the start of the advance, showing the speed and momentum of the cavalry moments after they heard the order and began their doomed and heroic charge into posterity, military glory and poetic immortality.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade by Neville Dear

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The charming beginnings of Lewis Carroll’s Alice

Posted in Absurd, Children, Education, English Literature, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Interesting Words, Leisure, Literature, Puzzle on Saturday, 21 November 2015

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was an Oxford don and mathematics lecturer at Christ Church, whose friendship with the Dean of Christ Church’s children lead him to write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Our charming and unusual picture, painted as if it were an old photograph, captures the very moment one summer day on the riverbank in Oxford, when Alice Liddell asked the young academic to tell her a story.

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How Alice Began by Neville Dear

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