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The Flying Scotsman

Posted in Engineering, Historical articles, History, London, Railways, Scotland, Transport, Travel on Sunday, 22 November 2015

From the great age of steam comes this superb painting of the Flying Scotsman locomotive, in which peerless draughtsmanship and a thorough knowledge of engineering combine to present an utterly compelling picture of power, beauty and speed. The LNER bottle green livery still captivates the viewer, and it remains a unique icon in both appearance and romantic name.

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The Flying Scotsman by John S Smith

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Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around 1750

Posted in Actors, Dance, Famous Composers, Famous landmarks, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Music, Sinners, Theatre on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This delightfully drawn and colourful picture shows the beauty and attraction of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. This was the name given to Spring Gardens, a pleasure resort which had opened sometime before the Restoration. During the eighteenth century its popularity increased, and soon the most fashionable and disreputable figures in society flocked there for the musical and semi-theatrical entertainments, which included the music of Handel and other great Baroque composers played by the elevated orchestra, clearly visible in the picture.

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Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around 1750 by Peter Jackson

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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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Peel’s Peelers policing London’s streets

Posted in Historical articles, History, Institutions, Law, London, Politics on Sunday, 22 November 2015

This is a painterly and accomplished picture of one of the first Metropolitan policeman, known as Peel’s Peelers, at work on the beat and about to apprehend a gang of burglars escaping with their loot. His splendid uniform is an essential part of his authority, and his royal blue coat is central to the image’s composition and moral force.

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Peel's Peelers by James E McConnell

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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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London destroyed by Boadicea’s men in AD 61

Posted in Ancient History, Disasters, Famous battles, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, London, War on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This dramatic picture shows the conflagration in London after Boadicea’s men attacked the settlement in AD 61. It is a thrilling image of the first great disaster to befall the future capital, which at that time was merely a commercial port of some twenty years and had yet to be singled out for greater prominence.

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Londonium destroyed by Boadicea's men in AD 61 by Ron Embleton

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Audience watching The Country Wife by William Wycherley

Posted in Actors, Architecture, English Literature, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, London, Royalty, Theatre on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This is a finely drawn and interesting theatrical picture of an audience watching the great Restoration comedy, The Country Wife, by William Wycherley. Of special note is not only the neoclassical architectural style of the theatre, but the acting style, the lighting techniques and most significant of all, one of the first appearances of an actress on the English stage.

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Audience watching The Country Wife by William Wycherley by Peter Jackson

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