Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 11/52)

[picture: 1800.---Tric-trac, by Teniers.]

1800.—Tric-trac, by Teniers.

Four men are playing at dice, a game called tric-trac. A discarded clay pipe on the floor, together with a wine-jug and an open tankard, hint at moral excesses. The men wear seventeenth-century costumes; one has a feather in his hat. The engraving is by S. Sly: probably the wood-engraving company of Stephen Sly, who also did a lot of work for the Illustrated London News. It is made after a [...]A Game of Tric-Trac. In the original painting the men are in a guardroom and there are plate mail and a spear in the foreground. [more...] [$]

[picture: 37.---Kit's Coty House.]

37.—Kit’s Coty House.

Sheep graze by the neolithic burial tomb while two shepherds wait. [more...] [$]

[picture: 38.---King's Coty House]

38.—King’s Coty House

Another picture of King’s Coty’s House; compare Fig. 37. There is also a picture of this in Francis Grose’s Antiquities. [more...] [$]

[picture: 2045.---Infantry Armour, 1625 (From a Specimen at Goodrich Court; engraved in Skelton's Armour)]

2045.—Infantry Armour, 1625 (From a Specimen at Goodrich Court; engraved in Skelton’s Armour)

“Armour, on the decline at the close of the last period, continued to be used through the [English] Civil Wars, though it did not exactly justify James I’s characteristic praise—that it not only saved the life of the wearer, but hindered him from doing hurt to anybody else. Many a life was lost, clad in complete steel, or nearly so, and many [...] (Fig. 2050) or head-pieces were invariably worn in the field. Those of the Cavalier (Fig. 2044) and the Cuirassier (Fig. 2048) were in general crowned with plums. The Dragoon (Fig. 2051), whose order was first raised in France in 1600, by the Marshal de Brisac wore in our armies a stout buff coat with deep skirts. Infrantry armour (Fig. 2045) consisted of back and breast pieces, worn over a buff coat, and with throat-pieces and skill-cap, the cheeks being also defended.” (p. 211) [more...] [$]

[picture: 39.---Trevethy Stone]

39.—Trevethy Stone

Trevethy Stone, also known as Trethevy Quoit, is a Domen or Cromlech near Liskeard in Cornwall. [more...] [$]

[picture: 40.---Cromlech at Plas Newydd, Anglesey]

40.—Cromlech at Plas Newydd, Anglesey

See also Grose’s Antiquities for an older engraving of this neolithic burial tomb. [more...] [$]

[picture: Hall of Christ Church College  Oxford]

Hall of Christ Church College Oxford

“Christchurch, you have no doubt heard, is the richest, most magnificent, and most celebrated of all the collegiate establishments of Oxford. It is the especial resort of the sons of the richest gentry and [...]Sir Robert Peel was educated here. It has been honoured by hosts of men who have belonged to a different aristocracy,—men who are seldom acknowledged to be illustrious during their lives, but whom none deny to be so for every afterwards. Sydney, Ben Jonson, Otway, Locke, Penn, and Canning, were all members of Christ’s. [Note: I have linked these to the Nuttall Encyclop√¶dia, I hope correctly! Liam] The founder was Wolsey; and every thing one sees here harmonises with the associations suggested by his name, although his scheme was [only] in part accomplished.” (p. 291) [more...] [$]


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