Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 45/51)

[picture: 1732.---Clock at Hampton Court.]

1732.—Clock at Hampton Court.

The clock does not appear to be mentioned in the book apart from this picture. It was installed at Hampton Court Palace in 1540, but the astronomical (or astrological) parts were lost in the early nineteenth century (both the mechanism and the face); although they were later found and reinstalled, this plate shows the clock without them in the early [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1733.---The Whirligig]

1733.—The Whirligig

A cage for punishemt: the offender was put inside and then the cage was spun round rapidly, often for a long time (perhaps all day). This would make the victim sick or even unconscious. In the mean-time [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1734.---Man and Woman in Stocks.]

1734.—Man and Woman in Stocks.

“A stockes to staye sure and safely detayne
Lazy, lewd leu[?]terers that lawes do offend.”(Harman’s ‘Caveat,’ &c.) [more...] [$]

[picture: 1735.---The Brank]

1735.—The Brank

“Scolds had their heads inclosed [sic] in a sugarloaf-shapred cap, made of iron hooping, with a cross at the top, and a flat piece of iron projecting inwards, that was laid upon the tongue; a string was attached behind, and by that the scold was led through the streets. The Brank (Fig. 1735), as this invention was named, seems to have been in common [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1736.---Genings and Blunt]

1736.—Genings and Blunt

Nicholas Blunt was a Counterfeit Crank; that is, he pretended to be a sick person who went by the name of Nicholas Genings. The man pictured here (in and out of disguise) was caught, and “whip’t at a cart’s tail” through London. The account of ‘Caveat, or Warning for Common Cursetors, vulgarly called Vagabonds’ by Harman, quoted by the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 1737.---Portraits of Poets At the time of Shakespeare]

1737.—Portraits of Poets At the time of Shakespeare

A montage of eight portraits of famous sixteenth-century men who were poets. The portraits have individual oval frames and sometimes oxtangonal inner frames, and there are vines and perhaps acanthus leaves around the whoe ghastly thing. The [...] [more...] [$]

[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...] [$]

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