Regency Pastimes: Pictorial Cards

Appearing in the March 1818 issue of Ackermann’s Repository, this plate of pictorial cards shows the thoughtful symbolism that could be employed in a deck of cards to titillate and stimulate conversation. That these are categorized by the magazine as “Fine Arts” also indicates their importance in cultural play.

Regency Advertisements: Studies in Landscape

January 1818 Ackermann’s Repository This is actually pretty impressive, as John Laporte (1761-1839) was a talented and known landscape painter and etcher.  From London, Laporte’s daughter and son would also become famous artists in their own right.  Below is one of Laporte’s paintings.

Regency Culture and Society: Where is a good husband to be found?

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Published in a column called “The Listener” in the January 1816 edition of La Belle Assemblee, writer Georgiana begs the question “Where is a good husband to be found?” This cautionary tale seems to suggest that whether for love, money, or in an abundance of caution, even the most benign of suitors can turn into a monster of a husband.