Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 45/50)

[picture: 1787.---Hunting.]


Men hunting deer with dogs and horses. In the background a church steeple, reminding us that this is supposed to be a typical country scene. [$]

[picture: 1788.---Hawking.]


“There was one sport exclusively confined to the noble and wealthy orders of society—hawking—which chiefly flourished and declined during the present period [the first half of the 17th century]. To a people who found habitually much more of pleasure than of pain or annoyance in the overcoming of difficulties, and who retaine dmuch of what our phrenologiests [...]not smothered—that’s enough; so on he goes with greater zest than ever from the excitement of the check.” (p. 126) [more...] [$]

[picture: 1789.---The Grand Falconer]

1789.—The Grand Falconer

The Grand Falconer is an hereditary position that dates from medieval times, and belongs to the Duke of St. Albans. The man shown here wears a Middle-Eastern-style head-dress with a diadem and carries a scimitar. At his feet a dog, and in the background a castle, symbol of [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1790.---Shooting.]


A hunting party, with men shooting at birds and perhaps animals using crossbows and rifles, and with hunting dogs to retrieve the things they killed. I somehow doubt that these are [...] [more...] [$]

[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: 1801.---A Knotted Garden.]

1801.—A Knotted Garden.

Let us now follow [William Shakespeare] into his retirement (about 1604) at the place so associated with all his early hopes and struggles, and joys and sorrows—Stratford—the place that was evidently, from first to last, tenderly endeared to him. Here, or in its neighbourhood, he, and his wife, and his children were born; and here had one of the last [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1802.---Bowling Green.]

1802.—Bowling Green.

A depiction of lawn bowling in the sixteenth century; the people are richly dressed, and one has laid down a sword and plumed hat on the ground. The surroundings include a tall [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1805.---Arthur's Show.]

1805.—Arthur’s Show.

The engraving shows the interior of a large tent or pavillion, with a banner reading Socitie of Prince Arthur hanging from the ceiling, festooned with a garland. There is a round table and, in the front, a corpulent monk with tonsured head and a large wine-flask in his hand; a man dressed as a satyr perhaps, with a laurel wreath of victory on his head, gestures towards the entrance of the canopy, and outside we see archers and spear-men lined up, flags flying, [...] [more...] [$]

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