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 Reader Questions: Yellow Bounders and the Four Horse Club

Some articles and blogs claim that all chaises and post chaises must be yellow. However, the only requirement I’ve found or a particular color of any carriage is one from the Four Horse Club, that a member’s barouche must be yellow. So… Why always yellow for the chaise? The cracking of the whips, the thundering of hooves…the dashing yellow bounder rattling along the roads must’ve … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Hyde Park and Driving in the Dark

Question: All the schedules I can find indicate that one called on acquaintances at 5 pm or later.  And that the “fashionable hour” was from about 4:30 to 7:30 pm. If the Season was basically winter, that means people were shopping and promenading driving in Hyde Park in the dark. In dark and dreary weather. Yet no one says, these things happened in the dark … Expand

Regency Advertisments: The Secret of Poonah

Appeared in the 1817 La Belle Assemblee.   Poonah painting was a style popular in the 19th century in which “thick opaque color is applied without background and with scarcely any shading, to thin paper, producing flowers, birds, etc in imitation of Oriental work” (Websters dictionary, 1913).   Below are some more descriptions of the style of painting.  It also can describe velvet painting. Deriving its … Expand