Friday, April 27, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"If, while a gentleman is speaking to you, one of superior rank addresses you, do not let your eager attention and visible preference betray the flutter of your heart...Consider that you expose yourseves to the ridicule of the company, and affront one gentleman, only to swell the triumph of another, who perhaps thinks he does you honour in speaking to you."
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Pippa, we know you come from a regal line of lovely locks, and you and your sister share the same signature look in that regard. But Girl, look to you left, now look to your right. Do you see those fabulous coiffures complete with feathers and even powder? Those betches are outshining you, and that's just not right! Oh and I don't care if this isn't your "thing," you should go all-in to themed parties or not at all. What I see here is a missed opportunity, one that there may not be another opportunity to correct!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
When it comes to images of Canis, otherwise known as William Duke of Devonshire, there is generally one that floats around on the web by Batoni showing the Duke on his grand tour adventure. And let's all be honest, most of you probably looked at it and went, "How did he get all that eighteenth-century tail?!" Which is a totally legitimate question being that the Duke lacked social skills to be smooth with the ladies. He just looks a bit plain and awkward. When Anton von Maron painted him at the age of 20 the result was also pretty bad.
But my favorite images of the Duke are the lesser-known ones which, ironically, are by one of the two most famous artists of the time, Joshua Reynolds. One shows how handsome the Duke was around the time that he married Georgiana. I believe the painting is in bad condition now, but you get a good idea from the print (love that coat!):
Monday, April 9, 2012
"...but let me take this opportunity, my dear Georgiana, to intreat you to put a total stop to a practice that hurts my feelings because it so greatly injures you. I mean till your affairs are completely settled not to spend any money (however tifling the sum) idly. Your finely bound books pain me more than I can describe. Even the most common books, the rarest print, or whatever may most claim your wishes to purchase, you should steadily deny yourself..."-Lady Spencer
6 September 1805