“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...] [$]
Nicholas Blunt was a Counterfeit Crank; that is, he pretended to be a sick person who went by the name of Nicholas Genings. The man pictured here (in and out of disguise) was caught, and “whip’t at a cart’s tail” through London. The account of ‘Caveat, or Warning for Common Cursetors, vulgarly called Vagabonds’ by Harman, quoted by the [...] [more...] [$]
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...] [$]
“There was one sport exclusively confined to the noble and wealthy orders of society—hawking—which chiefly flourished and declined during the present period [the first half of the 17th century]. To a people who found habitually much more of pleasure than of pain or annoyance in the overcoming of difficulties, and who retaine dmuch of what our phrenologiests [...]not smothered—that’s enough; so on he goes with greater zest than ever from the excitement of the check.” (p. 126) [more...] [$]
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...] [$]
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