Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 50/52)

[picture: The Standard of the White Horse]

The Standard of the White Horse

A white horse rears up; it is set in a circular frame or cartouche with sword-hilts and an axe-head nearby. [more...]

[picture: Circular Frame With Weapons]

Circular Frame With Weapons

This circular wood-engraved frame or cartouche is suitable for use as clip-art, perhaps for a restaurant menu or a scrapbook border around a picture. You could probably use it as a decorative initial O or Q, too. It is taken from the decorative illustration at [...]white horse. [more...]

[picture: Historiated Initial Letter ``A'']

Historiated Initial Letter “A”

A decorative initial capital letter “A” at the start of a chapter. This “historiated” letter A shows a woodsman, perhaps, with an axe (ax) raised over his head and a sheep at his feet. It could also be Abraham sacrificing a lamb instead of his son Isaac. The man wears a cloak with a hood, and shorts, and seems to have either soft boots or bare [...] [more...]

[picture: 2153.---Billiards (From ``School of Recreation,'' 1710)]

2153.—Billiards (From “School of Recreation,” 1710)

“We perceive from the engraving of the Billiards of the seventtenth century (Fig. 2153), that the game was altogether different from what it is now. There were two instead of three balls, and a pair of little arches near the centre of the table, instead of the six “pockets” that are at present to be found attached on its outer edges, namely, one [...] [more...]

[picture: 2154.---Francis Moore, 1657.  (From an anonymous Print published at that date)]

2154.—Francis Moore, 1657. (From an anonymous Print published at that date)

“But Lilly’s popularity with the million chiefly originated in his almanac, which he began to publish in 1644, under the title of ‘Merlinus Anglicus, Junior.’ This obtained an amazing circulation, and was followed by a host of similar productions, of whose authors, John Gadbury (Fig. 2157) was one of the most notorious in his own day, whilst Francis [...] [more...]

[picture: 2155.---Dee.]


“The most eminent of the names intimately connected with astrology, in modern [1840s] times at least, is that of John Dee (Fig. 2155), a man of remarkable ability and learning, who at the age of twenty made a tour on the Continent for the purpose—unusual with persons of his age—of holding scientific converse with the most eminent European scholars. [...] [more...]

[picture: 2156.---Kelly.]


“It is in connection [... with ...] Edward Kelly (Fig. 2156) that the lovers of the miraculous have become most familiar with the name of Doctor Dee [see Fig. 2155]. Kelly entered his service as an assistant in 1581, and then, according to the ordinary accounts, were commenced the “conversations with spirits.” The two magicians, it seems, had a black [...] [more...]

[picture: 2157.---John Gadbury]

2157.—John Gadbury

John Gadbury published a popular almanack (alamanac) in the seventeenth century. He has a moustache and a small goatee beard.

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