SOCIETY OF 18th-CENTURY GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE BLOG
January-March 2011 - ENTERING OUR TENTH YEAR!!
This link features an interesting interview with Frederick Noesner, author of "The Fortunate Ones."
Here is the full-color rendition of Lord Vernon described in this issue:
and of the c. 1780 "Old Plantation" illustration depicting an early gourd banjo:
See the colored Paul Sandby illustration of the stocking vendor, as described in this issue, here.
A hi-rez JPG of King George III (suitable for framing!) from the January, 1764 issue of Court and City Magazine can be downloaded here. This image was made in the fourth year of his reign.
Here is a Flash animation of the fencing salute detailed on pages 4-5. It is a bit more jerky than I had hoped, but because each image is a separate hand-drawn engraving the "tweening" process didn't work as well as anticipated. Still, along with the description in the Magazine you should get the idea.
Note the fur-trimmed satin banyan-like garment and the light pink, silver-trimmed wasitcoat peeking out underneath. The black lace veil is worn over the head and falls down around the sides and back of the head to further conceal the identity of the wearer.
The mask is probably papier maché, but might also be of pressed leather. These "half masks" are still quite common today (made of paper or plastic), or you might try making your own following the instructions here or here.
The half-mask was also worn with a character costume and might be painted or "made up" to resemble a famous celebrity or politician or some figure from popular culture -- much as is often seen during Halloween today. Characters from the comedia del arte were also very common (see page 15 of the October-December issue).
Click here to see a color version of the men playing bowls. This painting dates from around 1660 and is the National Gallery, London. Is it my imagination or do the bowls being played appear to be of different colors? An interesting detail.
A few interesting links pertaining to 18th-century mandolins and other stringed instruments can be seen here and here. The girl pictured in the article can be seen here (in all her glory -- why this young strumpet can't keep their clothing properly arranged while tuning their instrument is entirely beyond my comprehension).
A color picture of the document box featured on page 23 can be seen here.
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