The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

Running a household in Victorian England had become a science – with tasks to be delegated and a system of categorised activity for those at every level of society. When Girouard writes of the eminent concern for ‘morality, domesticity, organisation and hospitality’[1] in the country house the emphasis is on the rigid upholding of standards … Continue reading The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

The Impressionists – Putting Women in the Picture

A note on the text: I've been writing on Impressionism in 19th century Paris through a mini-series. If you haven't already, it might be beneficial to read the first two introductory parts before delving into this article. To contextualise The Impressionists, please read here... To discover Le Flâneur, please read here... In relation to men, … Continue reading The Impressionists – Putting Women in the Picture

Worlds Within Worlds Part 2: Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century

We've been introduced to Amsterdam in the 17th century. Let's continue our journey by taking on the Dutch view of the world. The Dutch were keen on categorization: An assured, enterprising curiosity led to great advances in lens-cutting, medicine, navigation and cartography... Domenico Remps, Cabinet of Curiosities, 1690s The entire universe could be boiled down to a single … Continue reading Worlds Within Worlds Part 2: Dutch Preoccupations in the 17th Century