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Tagged With: Joseph van Aken

The Mysteries of Early 18th Century Living

Last weekend institutional buildings and private homes were generously made available to nose around as part of the annual London Open House 2014.    With so many choices I settled on a private house in Soho; 68 Dean Street built in 1732 to help give me an idea of the house and living conditions that … Continue reading »

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Where to next with Joseph?

I have just come back from the dentist who cheerfully informed me that the chipmunk bulge on the right side of my face was an abscess and a tooth will need to be pulled out as well as removing and remaking the neighbouring tooth’s cap to fill in the space.   I am lucky.  My … Continue reading »

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Using Literature as a Historical Resource

Finding myself unexpectedly stranded at Eastbourne Railway Station I was seduced by a WH Smith’s book promotion of ‘buy one get one half price’.   I gathered up ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ by Joanna Trollope, herself a piece of history as a descendent of the famous 19th century writer Anthony Trollope who was quoted as saying: “What … Continue reading »

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Save, Save, Save……

…… No it’s not an end of the financial year piece of advice – it is to remind me to save documents WITH PURPOSE. I was asked by the Eastbourne Towner Gallery yesterday to write a short piece to accompany a painting they own by Joseph van Aken’s called The Music Party; a delightful ‘Conversation piece’ … Continue reading »

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Mothers, Families and Springtime

The theme we have chosen for the blogs this month is Mothers (along with anything else that the theme inspires).  Thanks to the sterling help of Annie in our group I now know that the van Aken brothers, Joseph and Alexander, had both their mother and father, Barbara and Peter van Haecken, living in London … Continue reading »

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18th Century Romance – The Bride in the Kitchen

The month of romance, February, is coming come to an end.   It hosts St Valentine Day[i] and every fourth year has an extra day to create a leap year and the opportunity for women to ask men to marry them.   Hopefully, having following the advice by Dr Trusler and other authors of eighteenth century etiquette[ii], … Continue reading »

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Romance: Instructions Peculiarly adapted to Young Women

It never ceases to amaze me how many books were printed in the eighteenth century on the subject of etiquette; for children, apprentices, young men, but mainly for young women and new wives[i].   These books seem to combine instructions for a bewildering variety of different subjects. Dr John Trusler[ii] who had published a book about … Continue reading »

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18th Century Romance – The way to a Man’s Heart

In the eighteenth century, romance was a story and marriage was comfort and security; a sentiment that Thomas Fuller seemed to promote in his book Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, published in 1732:  ‘Of soup and love, the first is the best’. My Mum always told me the way to a … Continue reading »

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