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To Miss Anne Wagner. (Elizabeth Venables, Abergale, 29th July 1803)

Image of the Week: Female Friendship in 18thC

Celebrate female friendship this week by investigating the friendship book of Anne Wagner, or the Anne Wagner album, 1795-1834. (Also called the Anne Wagner keepsake album, 1795-1834 and Souvenir D’Amitié.) Searchable in 18thConnect, this friendship book is hosted on the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. The album contains missives, watercolors, and collages to and from […]

Image of the Week: The Political Locust (1795)

Image of the Week: The Political Locust (1795)

Inspired by the oncoming summer heat waves, this week’s image is a hand-colored cartoon etching by Isaac Cruikshank (1764-1811), a British printmaker and caricaturist. The above image is of a giant locust eating the remains of “Poor Old England,” as reinforcement locusts (labeled “French Priests”) fly in the background, during the summer of 1795. As seen […]

The Order of St. Patrick

Image of the Week: the History of St. Patrick’s Day

The History of Green and St. Patrick’s Day by Taylor Phillips St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th with parades and festivals adorned in green. This color represents the ‘emerald isle’ of Ireland, as well as the famous shamrock that St. Patrick used as a metaphor to teach about the holy trinity. But despite […]

Image of the Week: Mrs. Abington (1798)

Image of the Week: Mrs. Abington (1798)

This week’s image is pulled from the New York Public Library and is a portrait of the actress, Frances Abington. Her rise to notoriety and her prominence in the fashion scene thereafter make her story interesting and romaticized. Frances began as a poor flower girl and street singer. She then moved on to work under […]

Image of the Week: Habit of the Patagonians

This week’s image shows how the myth of “sasquatch-like” habitants in the Patagonia region continued to live on during the 18th century in texts like The Habit of the Patagonians. This legend first sprung from Ferdinand Magellan’s accounts of his travels along the coast of South America. It is said that while on his quest […]

Image of the Week: Francis Marion (1776)

Image of the Week: Francis Marion (1776)

  Today’s picture comes from the New York Public Library Gallery and features Francis Marion, a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. The 18th century image depicted shows Marion jumping out of a second story window. Though the scene seems simply comical, it is actually an account of a historically true event. […]

Image of the Week: Hogarth's Marriage à-la-mode (1745)

Image of the Week: Hogarth’s Marriage à-la-mode (1745)

  Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of love, engagement, marriage, and passion, but William Hogarth’s fifth picture in his Marriage à-la-mode series (1745) portrays a warning to those who jump into love and marriage for the wrong reasons (such as money). Hogarth’s painting depicts a young wife begging forgiveness from her husband, the new Earl of […]