Tag Archives: london

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles: Founder of the City of Singapore, Father of the London Zoo

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British statesman and naturalist, his many talents live on in a centuries long legacy.

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John William Polidori : Author of The Vampyre

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creator of the modern Vampire genre

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The Dandy Chargers

The Dandy Chargers In 1817 Baron Karl von Drais created the Lauf-maschine (running machine) / Draisienne / Mechanical Horse, the first human powered land vehicle to mount a serious bid for public acceptance. Satirically named the Dandy Charger. Then in 1818 Dennis Johnson, a coachmaker, of London developed an improved model that he called the […]

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Hannah Snell: The Famous “Woman In Men’s Cloaths”

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In 1746 Hannah Snell donned men’s apparel in order to find her wayward husband…

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Charles Wesley: Methodist Minister

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Georgian writer of over 6,000 hymns.

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Lawn Bowls

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A Regency past time with its roots in Medieval history…

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The Barker Family: Panorama Painters

An exterior view of the Burford Panorama.

Robert Barker revolutionized the way the world saw art, allowing the viewer to step into the painting for the first time.

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George Stubbs

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Equine Painter George Stubbs was a close friend of Ozias Humphry, known for his paintings of Edward Austen-Knight, as well as the Rice Portrait.

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Philip Astley: Father of the modern circus

Sstley silhouette from his System of Equestrian Education, 1802

Jane Austen mention’s Astley’s Amphitheatre in both her letters and in Emma…

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The Microcosm of London: Astley’s Amphitheatre

Astley's Amphitheatre in London circa 1808. From the Microcosm of London.

Famous for the associated riding school and circus…

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