An 18th Century Man

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Gay Saint Sebastian

When Skuyler disembarked from the boat at Calais, he promised that he would not begrudge himself any new or interesting and exotic titillation that would cross his path.  The passage across the Channel was indeed very rough, so he was looking for a little respite at one of the tea shops that lined the path to the dockside.

A young boy about the age of 15 was offering his services by suggesting that he carry two of my heavy valises, which I gladly relieved myself of.  He was a strapping lad that did not hesitate in the least with lifting my cases, carrying them into the nearest refreshment shop along the dusty path.  He dropped them with a plump and stretched out his hand, expecting a shilling from me.

I gladly acquiesced and gave him a guinea, as he was very good-looking and appealing in physical stature in every way…

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Buying Milk in St. James’s Park & Georgian London

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Jane Austen's World

St. James’s Park offered some of the freshest, most wholesome milk during a Georgian London summer – the frothy hot liquid, or new milk, was drawn at the request of customers from cows that had grazed on the park’s lawns.

An estimated 8,500 cows were kept for milk near London.* Farmers milked their herds and carted in the milk to dairy retailers from as much as 20 miles away.

St James's Park, Soiron, François David, about 1780, Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand. Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe. V & A Museum St James’s Park, Soiron, François David, about 1780, Colour stipple engraving, with additional colour by hand. Bequeathed by Mrs M. V. Cunliffe. V & A Museum

In idealized scenes, artists give us an insight into contemporary customs. A milkmaid is milking a cow in St. James’s Park as a young boy in a skeleton suit waits with his empty cup. The party consists of a soldier and a mother with two other children, a boy and a girl. These two have…

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Georgian Architecture in America

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I will begiFrontDoor1_500n with one of the most perfect examples of 18th Century Georgian architecture in America. Since Annapolis, Maryland has one of the highest concentrations of Georgian architecture in North America, it is no surprise that the most exquisite example is the Hammond-Harwood House. The house’s main entrance is reputed to be “the most beautiful door in America”, with outstanding proportion and balance, intricately carved woodwork and classical columns.  This house was designed and built to show the owner’s influence and affluence.  No photography is allowed of the inside of the house, so all interior photos have been taken from the internet and duly accredited.  All exterior photography is my own, taken in April 2014.  The house was designed by an Englishman, William Buckland, apprenticed in London to a prominent cabinetmaker. He immigrated to America to seek better fortunes, apprenticed to George Mason’s brother in Virginia. Many of the details of the house were designed from pattern books that were very popular in the 18th century, the likes of which Chippendale and Abraham Swann, were two of noteworthiness.

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Upstairs parlor Ihammond-Harwood website)

Dining room (Hammond-Harwood website)