Mini-Post | William John Bankes (1786-1855)

William John Bankes, by Henry Bone, after George Sanders (Saunders). Pen and Ink, 1821 (1812). Creative Commons licence, image courtesy NPG London (NPG D17608). William John Bankes was once described as “the father of all mischief” by his friend Lord Byron: the traveller, collector and draughtsman was an MP before he inherited his family estate…

Mini-Post | The Golden Gate Bridge

Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge on this day in 1933. ⁠ The entrance to San Francisco Bay received the name the “Golden Gate” in 1846 by Captain John C. Fremont. He was inspired by the “Golden Horn”, a great harbour in the Byzantine Empire. ⁠ San Francisco’s population grew due to the Gold…