Regency Culture and Society: Botanical Emblems


Appearing in the January 1820 La Belle Assemblee, this collection of Botanical Emblems features symbols for truth, joy, and superstition.  A young lady may use this information to inform paintings, embroidery or poetry, invoking all the symbolic history of flora and fauna.  Other examples from La Belle Assemblee demonstrate that while the language of flowers wouldn’t be widespread until the Victorian era, it was nonetheless … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Awards Night


    Published in the July 1821 issue of Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions &c this list of awards provides an interesting window in to honored arts, agricultural achievements and inventions.  I love how women are thoroughly represented (albeit in the arts categories). The image is from a 2011 auction of a medal given in 1794, so apparently a few of these are still in … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: A Scathing Letter on the Marriage of Minors


Based on the desperate and sometimes scathing letter to the editor that appeared in the February 1815 issue of The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and …, it appears that even after the banns were read men who had not yet reached their majority were still able to weasel out of the marriage…yet the same right was not allotted to young women.