Daily Archives: April 10, 2014


Hortense de Beauharnais

La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains, Duclaux, 1813. Photo:Napoleonmuseum, Thurgau, Switzerland. I’ve always had THE most immense soft spot for Hortense de Beauharnais and have long harboured an ambition to one day write about her as she had such an interesting, albeit rather sad life. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to it but in the meantime I’ll just look forward to Sandra Gulland’s upcoming YA series about her schooldays instead, which I’m sure will be much better than my efforts! Hortense Eugènie Cécile de Beauharnais was born on the 10th of April 1783 in Paris, […]


The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760

A Musical Tea Party, Laroon, 1740. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014. In 1714 George I ascended the throne as the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover. With the dawn of a new dynastic age came a silent revolution – one of the most dramatic periods of change across all aspects of British political, intellectual and cultural life. To mark the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era, The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 explores royal patronage and taste in the reigns of George I and George II as a product of […]