Tag Archives: George Cruickshank

build and he will come

Parliament voted a sum to “support the Dignity and the Dukedom” and to create “a lasting Memorial” of the nation’s “Gratitude and Munificence.” And thus began the Duke of Wellington’s search for a palace. Don’t despair of your own house … Continue reading

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Cannes Festival: return from elba

After his daring escape from Elba in 1815, the Emperor Napoleon landed at Golfe-Juan.It was his last great adventure before Waterloo, and it can be looked back as a tragic comedy. He set out for Cannes at midnight, taking three … Continue reading

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vice is the spice of life

Prim and proper? Hardly. But, it was jolly old England. Refreshingly, they were not politically correct. The PC Nazi/Yuppie was in an idyllic, and mythological future.  It really began with William Hogarth. Hogarth was the first of these new artists … Continue reading

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comic history : royal bedding of madcap laughs

The Victorians seemed to have an avaricious relationship with history. They simultaneously were involved in the creation of it and when taking a respite from this burden of civilizing humanity they were reading it; endlessly and for the authors quite … Continue reading

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DIDO FORSAKEN: Duties of the Ruling Class

Peter Barnes gained almost instant recognition, from relative obscurity with his play “The Ruling Class” in the late 1960’s.  The play came at the height of the 1960s counterculture movement, when the youth of the western world began to openly … Continue reading

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A NORTHERN WIZARD: Writing For Love, Money & “The Great Unknowns”

Like Dickens and Balzac, he wrote because he could not help writing, but he did not think that the chief business of life was to be put into literature; and much as he appreciated his contemporary fame, he does not appear to have cared … Continue reading

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ROCK HIS GYPSY SOUL: THE STORMY “CORINTHIAN”

“There’s no one more punctual than a woman one doesn’t love” ( “Kean” by Jean Paul Sartre ) From its declining fortunes Drury Lane Theatre was to be rescued, briefly, by the arrival of Edmund Kean, the most fiery and … Continue reading

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POKING INTO DARK CORNERS:ILLEGAL & SALACIOUS

”Whether such pronouncement represented genuine alarm or rhetorical posturing is difficult to say, but the authorities certainly took slander seriously. On may 28, 1649, the Parlement of Paris tried to restore order in the capital by threatening to hang anyone … Continue reading

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MOCKERY, MACARONIS & MAYHEM

”He on all occasions professes a detestation of what he calls ”can’t”; says it will banish from England all that is pure and good; and that while people are looking after the shadow, they lose the substance of the goodness; … Continue reading

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