Monthly Archives: June 2006


We have just sent out the first circular for the 3rd Late Modern English Conference, which will be held in Leiden next year. If you wish to receive the second circular, please let us know by sending an email to

If you wish to read the first circular, you will find the text on our website, at

Learning through play the Georgian way.

On 7 June 2006, a copy of Ellenor Fenn’s Set of Toys (consisting of a Grammar, Spelling and Figure Box) was sold for £16,800 at Christie’s Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books sale. See also Jim McCue’s article "Learning through play the Georgian way" which can be found here.

Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England

While I was in London last week I bought Kate Redford’s book The Art of Domestic Life. Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale University Press 2006). If you’re interested in eighteenth-century art, I am sure that you will love this book. According to the YUP " [Redford’s book] offers important insights into both the innovations and traditions in family portraiture of this period, drawing on in-depth research into paintings, the lives of the sitters depicted, and the domestic spaces in which portraits were hung" 

eighteenth-century letters

Willemijn Ruberg sent us this announcement:

Recently published: Clare Brant, Eighteenth-Century Letters and British Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2006). Study of several types of eighteenth-century letters like love letters, travel letters and letters from parents to children.