7 Objects of Beauty: A Tribute to Robert Adam

The young man was an upper-middle class Scotsman, a second son, and he had left university prematurely. But he possessed genius and ambition, a convenient wealth of 900 pounds a year, and some hands-on experience gained at his family’s architectural practice. Thus, he was well equipped to embark on a journey to the Continent in the company of an Earl’s brother in 1754. Yet, Robert Adam, aged 26, was not to know that this journey would be the key to making him the most sought-after architect of his time.

The year 2017 marks the 225th anniversary of the death of the famous Scottish architect Robert Adam (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792). This post is dedicated to the aesthetics of his unique neo-classical style. I have compiled a selection of photos of Adam’s works, from ceilings to chimney-pieces. You are very welcome to enjoy the delicate and the decadent, and the weird and the wonderful. Continue reading

The Origin of Now – Part 5: The First Modern Hotel

In the series “The Origin of Now” I so far have mainly presented scientific developments. But the series also presents ideas and concepts developed during the Romantic Age that can still be found in our everyday life. Thus this post explores the origin of a concept that we take for granted today: The modern hotel. Continue reading

Take Your Favourite Period with You on a Picnic – New exhibition at the Museum of Creativity –

Dear Regency Enthusiast

With winter drawing to a close, it’s time to make plans for spring. How about a picnic in Regency attire? Surprise your friends by bringing Regency-themed decoration, e.g. beverage coasters. These useful items can easily be designed with a photo transfer medium.

The new exhibition “Take Your Favourite Period with You on a Picnic” by Jacques Kee provides ideas for designs inspired by the Romantic Age, and also a step-by-step tutorial.

Check them out at the latest exhibition at the Museum of Creativity and even try your hand at photo transferring yourself.

Click here to directly enter “Take Your Favourite Period with You on a Picnic”.

Enjoy the exhibition!

Yours

 

Anna M Thane

Jane Austen Bicentennial: The 12 Best Film Locations to Visit in 2017

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. This is the perfect occasion for all Janeites and Regency Enthusiasts to make this year special for you by visiting the 12 best film locations of Jane Austen adaptations. The trip will lead you to the most beautiful places of England with lots of 18th-century history. Continue reading

Schedule your Regency year 2017: 29 Events to Go to for Janeites and Regency Enthusiasts

Dear Regency Enthusiast

Schedule you Regency year 2017! There are plenty of events related to the Regency period and the Georgian Age to enjoy. I have compiled a selection of 28 events, from architecture to theatre, announced in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.
As this year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Janeites will be especially busy. I have created an extra list for you for a quick and easy overview.  Continue reading

The world of fashion in the 18th century – Part 2: Accessories for Ladies

introFemale fashion of the 18th century featured a fabulous wealth of accessories. This post looks at shoes, gloves, hats, fichus, jewellery and many other beautiful fashion items from about 1750 to 1825. Follow me to the world of accessories for ladies. 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.

Which is your favourite new release of the month? Mine is – well, I can’t decide. I have two favourites. Continue reading

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.