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Henry Brougham

Henry Brougham

Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (September 19, 1778 – May 7, 1868) Henry Brougham was born in Edinburgh, the son of a modest landowner without title but of an influential family in the Cumberland area for centuries. Young Henry was educated by the public school system in Edinburgh before entering the University… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

This is Part V (the finale) of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, ALL of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

This is Part IV of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, all three of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885 to 1906.… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

This is Part III of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, the previous parts relate the history of the 15 eggs made between… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part I

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part I

With Easter fast approaching, I started searching for topics related to the holiday. Naturally eggs tend to come up, in some way or another, and I do have a couple of interesting egg-centric posts scheduled for next week. In fact, I intended to write a short blog for Easter week on the fabulous Fabergé Imperial… CONTINUE READING…

The Miseries of Human Life

The Miseries of Human Life

The Miseries of Human Life is a book written by James Beresford (1764–1840) and published in 1806, first as a single volume and then as an expanded two-volume edition later that year. Illustrated by George Cruikshank, it catalogued “in excruciating detail” the “petty outrages, minor humiliations, and tiny discomforts that make up everyday human existence.”… CONTINUE READING…

Romance Poet: Henry Kirke White

Romance Poet: Henry Kirke White

Henry Kirke White (1785–1806) Henry Kirke White was born in Nottingham, the son of a butcher, a trade for which he was himself intended. After being briefly apprenticed to a stocking-weaver, he was articled to a lawyer. Meanwhile he studied hard, and his master offered to release him from his contract if he had sufficient means… CONTINUE READING…

Romance Poet: John Clare

Romance Poet: John Clare

John Clare  (1793–1864)   John Clare is “the quintessential Romantic poet,” according to William Howard writing in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. With an admiration of nature and an understanding of the oral tradition, but with little formal education, Clare penned numerous poems and prose pieces, many of which were only published posthumously. His works gorgeously illuminate… CONTINUE READING…

Romance Poet: John Keats

Romance Poet: John Keats

John Keats (1795-1821)   John Keats was born in London on October 31, 1795, probably at the inn owned by his grandfather and where his father Thomas Keats worked in the stables as a hostler. His upbringing was humble, John one of four children with the most basic education available to those with limited finances.… CONTINUE READING…

Passionate Kisses in Art

Passionate Kisses in Art

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems fitting to share a collection of classic paintings of lovers in passionate embraces.  “A man had given all other bliss and all his worldly worth for this, to waste his whole heart in one kiss upon her perfect lips.” ~Lord Alfred Tennyson “A Kiss Under the Parasol” by Ludek Marold… CONTINUE READING…