Tag Archives: Joseph Priestley

wedgwood: let it be with the lunarticks

In the 1790’s however, this great group was fast breaking up. The turn of the century saw the death of many. Thomas Day was killed from a fall from his horse in 1789- with characteristic perversity he had refused to … Continue reading

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eureka moments

The core of Josiah Wedgwood’s circle was completed by the two who had, perhaps, the greatest worldly success- Matthew Boulton and James Watt- and by the one who has been credited with the least, Wedgwood’s partner, Thomas Bentley. The contrast … Continue reading

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it’s backfirin’ now

Josiah Wedgwood and his friends. A diverse lot, both batty, brilliant and eccentric, they are mostly relegated minor figures of eighteenth century English life today, but some of them changed the world… When in 1785, Pitt’s abortive scheme for parliamentary … Continue reading

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chains and chimes of freedom

John Howard, friend of the Josiah Wedgwood circle, worked for prison reform, striding through the foul smelling jails of eighteenth-century England, in Erasmus Darwin’s words, “if not to sever, to relax the chains.” They themselves pressed for the abolition of … Continue reading

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decided and optimistic views

Josiah Wedgwood and his friends were the most brilliant group in England in the eighteenth-century- brilliant if highly eccentric. Most are forgotten today, but collectively they changed the world… Devotion to science and a respect for the arts were not … Continue reading

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wedgwood: going lunar

Josiah Wedgwood and his cohorts. The most brilliant group in England and likely the most eccentric. Many have passed into the forgotten mists of history, but some of them changed the world… …These scientific interests found their formal expression in … Continue reading

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friendship circle

Josiah Wedgwood and his friends. They were the most brilliant group in England in the eighteenth-century, and quite possibly the most eccentric.Some are forgotten today. Most actually. But some of them changed the world. it was a kind of parallel … Continue reading

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picture this

Children should be seen and not heard…. Hard not to learn something when your father, Josiah Wedgwood frequented such illuminaries in the eighteenth century ¬†as James Watt,Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin and on the artistic side, George Stubbs and the poetess … Continue reading

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SPACE CADETS & MECHANIC METEORS

After generations of trial and error, mostly error, man’s age old dream of flying was realized near the end of the eighteenth century in the form of the hot air balloon. This was followed by several decades where daring aeronauts … Continue reading

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ATTENTION MEN:THEY MAY EAT YOUR LUNCH

Once it is demonstrated that man and woman are not, and should not be constituted the same, either in character or in temperament, it follows that they should not have the same education. In following the directions of nature they … Continue reading

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