Regency Hot Spots: Private Art Collections

The private art collection is a distinguishing feature of the wealthy (for a modern update to some of the Duke of Bridgewater’s collection, see this fascinating article from 2008: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/sometimes-one-can-have-just-too-many-titians-913933.html) At the beginning of the 19th century, the practice of opening collections to public inspection was becoming increasingly common (http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/24/william-hazlitts-account-of-mr-angersteins-collection-of-pictures).  These collections and viewings would, literally, become the foundation of places like the British National … Expand

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.