Mini-Post | Cassandra Austen

Born on the day in 1773, Cassandra Austen was the most beloved elder sister of Jane Austen.⁠The affection between the two sisters, according to their relation Anne Lefroy, "passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood". They went to school together, were immersed in a clever and artistic family, and…

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…

Mini-Post | “Brooklyn Bridge in Winter”, Childe Hassam

Today’s winter in art post is from the collection of Telfair Museums: Brooklyn Bridge in Winter, by Childe Hassam, from 1904. Hassam was from the Boston area and spent the years 1886 to 1889 studying in Paris, where he became enamoured with French Impressionism. He joined his French colleagues in portraying modern life in his…

Mini-Post | Austen, “Emma” and the Prince Regent

On this day in 1815, the Prince Regent, the future George IV, received a specially bound copy of Jane Austen’s novel “Emma”, which had been dedicated to him. The Prince Regent was definitely not a favourite of Austen’s – she once wrote that she supported his estranged wife, Caroline of Brunswick, against him – which…

Mini-Post | “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion”

On this day in 1817, Jane Austen’s final two novels, “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion”, were first advertised for publication posthumously. They were published together, along with a Biographical Notice of the Author, written by Austen’s brother, Henry Austen. Throughout her writing career, Austen had published anonymously, so this was the first time her identity had…

Mini-Post | Portraits of Jane Austen

On Wednesday (16th December), it’s Jane Austen's 245th birthday. To commemorate, I’ve been exploring portraits of Austen at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and I have three to share! (This originally appeared on my Instagram in July, but I'm excited to share these beautiful portraits here too!) Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, c.1810, NPG…

Mini-Post | “Winter Landscape”, Caspar David Friedrich

Winter Landscape, c.1811, oil on canvas. (Copyright National Gallery London, NG6517). And here is one of the snowiest, most wintery scenes I could find for my December Winter in Art series. This is Winter Landscape by Caspar David Friedrich, which I think is as dramatic as it is seasonal! Friedrich was a key member of…