Regency Culture and Society: John Glover’s Exhibition

Appearing in the June 1821 issue of La Belle Assemblee, this review of John Glover’s exhibition gives a flavor of his work and personality.  Glover later emigrated to Australia, and became the “father of Austrialian landscape painting”, even though he was only in Austrian from the age of 64 until his death in 1849 at 82. You can view several of his pieces here:

Regency Reader Questions: Dining in Hotels

Regency Reader Question I’ve just finished & enjoyed Rose Lerner’s well-researched “True Pretenses” set in a country town in 1808. In it, the hero invited the well-born heroine out to dinner at a hotel. What were the “rules” that governed dinner in restaurants? What sort of chaperonage would be expected? Where (in London) would a gentleman take a lady for dinner? Any advice would be … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: A Letter from a Young Gentleman to His Sister

Appearing in the Lady’s Monthly Museum (1803, Volume 11), this letter from a young gentleman to his sister is everything a letter from a big brother should be. Filled with caution, care, and foreboding warnings of danger! ruination! and all the delights of Town, its a wonderful example of not only the thoughts and feelings of gently reared siblings (including affection), but also gives us … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Mourning Clothes and the Fiance


Moniker/Name: Vicky Source of Question: Research Your Question: I’m currently writing a story set approximately 1803 – one of the characters is a young woman of decently good social standing, whose fiance died shortly prior to their anticipated marriage. Would she be required/expected to wear mourning clothes and abstain from entertainment for a certain time, as in the case of a spouse’s death? According to … Expand