Thoughts on Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness for fellow readers and historians

Studying the Country House for my masters, of course I wanted to get my hands on Lady of the House: Elite 19th Century Women and their role in the English Country House by Charlotte Furness. How women are intimately bound up with the decorative arts, social history and material culture has been a constant source of … Continue reading Thoughts on Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness for fellow readers and historians

Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th

We encounter these two women at the same court: Versailles, which, in the 17th century, orbited around the Sun King - Louis XIV. That they existed within the same sphere and that, essentially, they were parallels, is something that I would like to explore a little. Especially, as providence would have it, that whilst Elisabeth Charlotte … Continue reading Madame de Montespan and Princess Palatine: A Note on May 27th

Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam

Let’s open the doors to the mid-17th century, when the cultural and artistic world of the Dutch centered in on Amsterdam and a man’s home, was truly his palace... 'View of the palace and gardens of Versailles, seen from the avenue de Paris in. Versailles circa 1668', by Pierre Patel. Contextually, the Dutch put little … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 1: Mid-17th Century Amsterdam