Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Happy anniversary, London Historians!

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've probably noticed a few times that I've visited places thanks to London Historians. This friendly, diverse society for everyone interested in the capital's history is celebrating its fifth birthday today. There's even a very good offer for new members until midnight tonight (Wednesday). 

I'd recommend membership very highly - and to encourage you, here are some of the posts inspired by my own activities as a member:


An exploration of Hogarth's Chiswick - and Hogarth at the Cartoon Museum

A walk through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel on its centenary.  

City livery halls including the Vintners' Hall; Drapers' Hall; and Stationers' Hall.

A night-time visit to the Tower of London.

And a trip out of London, to Compton - home of the studio and gallery of GF Watts (founder of the Postman's Park memorial) and the amazing cemetery chapel by his wife Mary Seton Fraser Tytler.


Hels said...

I am still as interested in Hogarth now as I was back in 2011, so thank you again. I never get sick of examining Hogarth was an artist and critic who depicted all levels of London life. Usually with a critical eye! But that remains his great strength - he took the risk and showed politicians or noble men doing very naughty things. Even for modern critics, that behaviour would be a bit dangerous but in the 1730s and 40s, that must have been very dangerous indeed.

Ralph Hancock said...

Hels, have you read Jenny Uglow's excellent biography _William Hogarth: A Life and a World_? Strongly recommended. The only downside is that the reproductions of pictures in the text are shockingly bad, so you have to read it with a computer at your elbow to look them up on Google Images.

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