Laurence Sterne: Giving Voice to Tristram Shandy

His early death, like that of Jane Austen, cut short a shining literary career, leaving a small, but respected body of work.


François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

A writer more famous for the dish which bears his name.


Marie Antoine (Antonin) Carême

The first celebrity chef, he shaped the tastes of Jane Austen’s Europe.


Pierre-Joseph Redouté: “The Raphael of flowers”

Royal court painter at Marie Antoinette’s Versailles…


Thomas Gray: Far From the Madding Crowd

…celebrated author of “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”


J. M. W. Turner: Painter of Light

English Romanticist landscape painter and subject of the award nominated film, Mr. Turner


Madame Marie Tussaud

Anna Maria “Marie” Tussaud (née Grosholtz; 1 December 1761 – 16 April 1850) was a French born artist of German descent, who became known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussauds, the wax museum that she founded in London. Marie Tussaud was born 1 December 1761 in Strasbourg, France. Her father, Joseph Grosholtz, was killed… Read more about Madame Marie Tussaud


Thomas Hope: Banker, Author, Adventurer

Thomas Hope (30 August 1769 – 3 February 1830/1831), was a Dutch and British merchant banker, author, philosopher and art collector, best known for his novel Anastasius a work which many experts considered a rival to the writings of Lord Byron. His sons included Henry Thomas Hope and Alexander Beresford Hope. The eldest son of… Read more about Thomas Hope: Banker, Author, Adventurer