What to read in December? – New Non-Fiction Books about the Georgian Age

decemberEach month at Regency Explorer, I provide Regency Enthusiasts with a summary of the new non-fiction books about the Georgian Age.

Click here  to go directly to the updated list with a selection of new releases scheduled for December.

Which is your favourite new release of the month? Mine is Continue reading

Ladies‘ Fashion: The Gown in the Romantic Age

bild1Women’s gowns changed significantly throughout the Romantic Age. Until about 1780, France had been the ‘Kingdom of fashion’. Everybody had copied French designs and styles. With the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon to power, three things happened:

  • Aristocratic fashion with its excessive use of lace, brocade and silk fell out-of favour. Fashion adopted ideas of freedom, love of nature and early-democratic cultures such as Roman and Grecian antiquity.
  • French fashion leaders and their modistes fled from Paris to London. London became the new centre of fashion.
  • Napoleon’s Continental System blocked England from its previous market places for cloth. England’s search for new commercial partners led to the discovery of new fabrics for fashion. These allowed for new styles and cuts.

I have compiled a selection of photos of beautiful women’s gowns of 1740 – 1825. Follow me to the world of ladies’ fashion. Continue reading

Brighten the Dark Winter Days with Regency-Inspired Paper Lanterns

New exhibition at the Museum of Creativity

gruppeglow1When the days are shortest, the golden light of candles and lanterns offers cosiness and comfort. This is as true today as it was 230 years ago. Actually, transparent lamps, candle shades, lanterns, and fire screens became a household-favourite form the late 18th century. They were called transparencies, and genteel ladies created them for festivities or to brighten the long, dark winter month.

Once, transparencies were made of thin painted paper or cloth. The translucent effect was achieved by mixing the colours with mastic varnish or burnt lined oil, and by applying a touch of spirit of turpentine to all things on the picture that should glow especially light, e.g. the moon, and illuminated windows. Popular ground colours were Prussian blue, Burnt Sienna, Verdigris and Ivory Black.

Today, we can cheat a bit by using our favourite photos, fresh from the inkjet printer. For this year’s Christmas Season I have created several designs for translucent paper lanterns – Austenesque, Gothic and Baroque. Check them out at the latest exhibition at the Museum of Creativity and even try your hand at paper lantern design yourself.

Best regards

Anna M. Thane

What to read in November? – New Non-Fiction Books about the Georgian Age

2016-novemberEach month at Regency Explorer, I provide Regency Enthusiasts with a summary of the new non-fiction books about the Georgian Age.

Click here  to go directly to the updated list with a selection of new releases scheduled for November.

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Regency Catalogue User’s Guide

Tap into the Sources of Regency Explorer

Readers of Regency Explorer are familiar with the Bibliography page and the page about new releases of non-fiction books about the Regency period. Also, in my posts about historical facts you find the sources I used at the end of the text. Over time, a broad range of sources and literature references has accumulated. In order to make this information more accessible and usable for anyone interested in the Regency, I am currently gathering and listing all sources in the Virtual Regency Catalogue.

New Tag Cloud for Easy Access

For finding your way around the catalogue and getting quickly to the information relevant for you, please use the tag cloud on the right. Clicking on the relevant tag will give you a list of the sources related to the required topic.

The Female Instructor; Or, Young Woman’s Companion

Title
The Female Instructor; Or, Young Woman’s Companion: Being a Guide to All the Accomplishments which Adorn the Female Character

Publisher
Nuttall, Fisher, and Dixon; 1811


The book was helpful for writing my post “A Writer’s Travel Guide: 10 Facts about the Famed and Famous World of the Theatre”. You can read it online here.

Cayley, G: On Aerial Navigation

Author
Sir George Cayley

Title
On Aerial Navigation

Published in
A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts, 1810


This paper from 1810 was vital for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 3) – The Man Who Understood Why Airplanes Fly”.

James Watt & Co: Directions for using the Patent Portable Copying Machines

Author
James Watt & Co.

Title
Directions for using the Patent Portable Copying Machines, invented & made by James Watt and Company, of Soho, near Birmingham

Publisher
T. A. Pearson’s Printing Office, 1810.


An original technical manual – a fascinating source for fans of the history of science. I used it for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 4) – The Letter Copying Press and Mr Watt’s Secrets Recipes for Ink and Liquor”.

The Origin of Now, Part 4

detail-neuAbout 250 years ago, science spread into the world and everyday life. People asked how scientific progress and inventions could make life better and easier. They set out to develop and pursue new ideas. Some of these are still around today. In the fourth part of my series, we discover how the invention of a Scottish mechanical engineer changed the office world forever.

The Letter Copying Press and Mr Watt’s Secrets Recipes for Ink and Liquor

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Specification of the patent granted to Mr. James Watt of Birmingham

Title
Specification of the patent granted to Mr. James Watt of Birmingham, for his new method of copying letters and other writings

Published in
The Repertory of Arts and Manufactures, Vol 1; London, 1794.


The Repertory of Arts and Manufactures is a brilliant source for research on the history of science. I found it very helpful for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 4) – The Letter Copying Press and Mr Watt’s Secrets Recipes for Ink and Liquor”.