Portrait of John Varley by John Linnell, 1820.
Costume Parisien, an 9 (1800)
This fashionable lady has found a saucy print or drawing in her portfolio! I’m sure it’s inspired by a Classical Subject (like her dress), and therefore innocent and edifying …
London postman in Regency times
In Regency times postage for letters was paid by the sheet of paper, so the usual amount for a letter was one quarto sheet (15” x 9”) - it was folded over to make two leaves, or four pages. To save money people ‘crossed’ their letter so they didn’t need to pay for an extra sheet - They wrote first one way then turned it a quarter round and then the other. There were no ready made envelopes, so the name and address was written in the middle of the fourth page and then the paper was then folded in three and sealed with wax or a small moistened blob of dried glue.
As the recipient paid for the letter, sometimes the writer would hide a small coin under the seal for use in payment.
Tellurion c.1790-1800 English. A tellurion is an instrument that shows how the movement of the earth on its axis and around the sun causes day and night and the seasons
John Wallis, Science in Sport, or the Pleasures of Astronomy. A New Game, 1804. London. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
George Brookshaw, Pomona Britannica. Or a collection of the most esteemed fruits at present cultivated in Great Britain, 1817. London.
Pomona Britannica is considered to be the finest work of its kind, containing two hundred and fifty-six kinds of fruit. The work, which took ten years to complete, originally cost almost six pounds, a huge sum in 1817. Source