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Ontario Beach Park. Orchard Beach. The photos here came from a new contributor, Michael Critchlow: many thanks! They included church furniture like this unusual font by William Lethaby, and a whole series of wonderful Burne-Jones and Morris windows. They included some church embroidery, which prompted opening a new section on this craft. Besides the well-known artists were two who needed introductions, so JB also made new indexes for Sir Ninian Comper, both in the architecture section and in the stained glass section ; she said a little too about the stained glass firm, A.

Other contributions that came JB's way were from Chris Bell, a member of the Milnes family, who sent in a timeline for, and a note on the birthdate of , the sculptor Thomas Milnes, accompanied by photos of his grave. These small pieces represent a great deal of research: we are grateful again that Chris shared it with us. Our regular political history reviewer, Joe Pilling, reviewed the diary of Sir Edward Eddy Walter Hamilton , a top civil servant with an important role in that service for example, he organised Gladstone's funeral. He lived at Whitehall Court , the subject of one of Joseph Pennell's most evocative night scenes, so JB added that too.

At the end of the month, she also wrote about S. Joe Pilling sent in another review, too, this time of Paul Brighton's fascinating Original Spin , about political "spin" operating even in Victorian times. Vitus Cathedral , which raise the question, does it embody Gothic survival or revival? Prague, which is far richer in Art Nouveau than any city in the U. Allingham has completed his series of illustrated essays on the individual plates in C.

Spence's stunning mosaic scheme , a selection of his stained glass there, Ralph Hedley's woodcarving , and George Frampton's memorials to Charles Mitchell and his son, Charles William Mitchell. Filling a gap that she found in the stained glass sequence, she added two late-Victorian panels from the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton, together with a piece on the quirky little museum itself.

She also reviewed a welcome new book about the sculptor Benjamin Creswick. Also to Dr J. Ken Roberts and his friend, Dennis Eaton, who sent in more pictures and information about St Cybi's Church, Holyhead , which prompted a spate on new work on it, and especially on its stained glass windows from the Morris Co. This included a brief note on a new stained glass maker, John J. Catherines After a Gale and permitting us to include it our section for that painter. Thanks to Michael Haskell, a ninth grader from Hilliard, Ohio, who reported some typographical errors.

What remains? Reformatting the sections containing Spanish and French translations, and exchanging the old diamond-shaped homepages for authors, artists, and a few subjects for lists that will work better. Only about a dozen remain. We welcome on board Dr. After moving from snowy and cold Ontario, PVA has returned to the balmy climate of Vancouver, leaving it briefly to give a talk in Poland. In between unpacking his books and getting a ticket for his jaunt to Krakow, he began twenty-five commentaries on the illustrations of A Christmas Carol by Charles Edmund Brock , completing the first five before his departure.

She also formatted and illustrated several reviews. Many thanks to all these reviewers for sharing their responses with us. Photographer John Salmon sent in some more of his lovely photographs, this time of St Michael and All Angels, Ladbroke Grove , for which, and for the beautiful stained glass windows there, JB wrote a commentaries. Photographer Peter Loud also sent in some more great photographs, further examples of Ralph Hedley's marvellous woodcarvings in the choir of St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, misericords and other curious features.

After a trip to France, where she had been invited to read a paper at an international study-day on the sculptor Carlo Marochetti in very daunting company! Many thanks to Beth Newman, Associate Professor of English, Southern Methodist University, for giving a head's up about a bad link to an external site that has disappeared. Allingham, who has completed most of the commentaries in the Green section, is working with GPL on adding to and improving the Phiz illustrations, beginning with a new folder for Dickens's Dombey and Son.

Jacqueline Banerjee, who has taken even more responsibility for the quality of the site, began the month modifying and improving work in the Places section. So far Derbyshire and Dorset have been spruced up. To Dorset, she added a photo-essay on Weymouth in mainly Victorian times, and another on the statue of Queen Victoria there. Other work this month included biographies of the artists Louisa Anne Beresford and Eleanor Vere Boyle , and some works by each, and accounts of two statues in Calcutta for people still held in much respect there, Sir Edward Hyde East and the educationist David Hare.

Church photographer John Salmon has also sent in dozens of marvellous photographs, the first of which, documenting James Brooks's dramatic All Hallows, Gospel Oak , are now online. Simon Cooke ended last month and began with new one by creating a new section on Edward Poynter 's illustrations. In the first two weeks or so of this month, your webmaster continued reformatting sections of the site, finishing architecture and illustration except for parts of Phiz that Phillip Allingham is taken in hand , and the reformatting also involves exchanging our diamond-shaped design for various sitemaps homepages with lists that are easier to read on smart phones.

Landow renamed the originally homepage for the site oldindex. John Salmon joins us a contributing photographer. This has marvellous north and south wall-paintings by Nathaniel Westlake and stained glass by Heaton, Butler and Bayne, much of it, like the beautiful east window , by Butterfield himself, but including also James Clark's memorial window based on his famous World War I painting, The Great Sacrifice.

This led to a biography of Clark and the inclusion of more of his works, like the touching Blind Mary many thanks to Hartlepool Art Gallery's Charlotte Taylor for all her help. She also wrote an essay on the Victorian's restoration work on Westminster Abbey. She has started a Twitter account for our website, too! Please follow us on it, and add some replies! Many thanks to the Reverend Canon Stephen Evans for updating us on the whereabouts of the altar before which the Brownings took their marriage vows.

It was returned to St Marylebone Parish Church in , in time for the bicentenary of Robert's birth. Thanks also to photographer Peter Loud, who contributed some photographs for Jacqueline Banerjee's last project this month, on the paintings and woodcarvings of Newcastle artist Ralph Hedley. In this connection, many thanks too to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, and the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, for permission to reproduce paintings.

June began and continued very much the way May had gone — with your webmaster reformatting, reconfiguring, and updating the HTML documents in our architecture section. By the middle of the month he had completed the folder containing Gothic revival architecture in Poland and by the 25th completed architecture. Robson and T. This prompted her to write an essay on Arts and Crafts or Art Nouveau? Many thanks again to John Salmon for his major part in these collaborative projects.

Simon Cooke continues his work on Simeon Solomon , scanning more than a dozen of his illustrations of the Old Testament to which has added commentaries. He also continues his work on the buildings of British India with Col. Georges Cathedral. By the twenty-ninth the site had 84, documents and images. After sizing the images, adjusting their colors, and creating the htmls, Landow put the following works of sculpture online: M.

Bertram Pegram's Father Time. Working with Philip V. Allingham, Landow created a section for C. Brock with 30 illustrations of Dickens's Christmas Books: Our contributing editor from Canada provided scans of the plates and information about them and Landow then resized them, adjusted color and contrast, created a final version of an index for Brock. As time permits, Allingham will add his usual documents containing the text illustrated, detailed commentaries, and comparisons with work by other illustrators of the same works. On the 12th he completed the first if them, Brock's frontispiece for A Christmas Carol — He had been Tim's blood horse all the way from church.

More to come! Allingham, who is about to become an emeritus member of the faculty at Lakeland University, leave Ontario, and return to Vancouver, has not slowed the rate of his contributions even while packing books and moving house! Over the past three weeks he has also contributed image scans of Charles Green 's wonderful illustrations of works by Dickens. Thus far he has also completed almost all the commentaries and sets of comparative images for the 31 plates in The Chimes. Jacqueline Banrejee created a new section on John Raphael Roderigues Brandon , which includes four buildings and an extensive biographical introduction.

Turning to photography, she created a long overdue section on Lewis Carroll , which includes a dozen photographs and her incisive commentaries. These involved adding commentaries and writing a short biography of James Brooks , as well as biographies of the sculptors J. Taylerson and Richard Westmacott, Jr. Susan Guralnik, M. On the 25th the site had 84, documents and images as reformatting and winnowing documents continues amid a flood of excellent contributions.

April pril began with your webmaster working hours a day converting the footer icons to the new format. Thus far the sections on genre, history, religion, and sculpture have seen completion as well as about half the authors discussed on the site. Barnabas Pimlico and the nearby sister-church St. Mary the Virgin also known as St. Mary's Bourne Street. Returning on a Saturday morning when Mr.

John Boshier, the friendly and informative guide at St. Barnabas, opened it to visitors, Landow created a series on the church's interior, including its mosaics and stained glass. She then wrote a short biography of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker , the influential botanist and adventurous plant-collector, because Dr Jim Endersby of Sussex University kindly let us take some excerpts from his books on the history of science, three of which listed at the end of Hooker's biography are on Hooker.

At the end of the month she formatted and illustrated another fascinating review from Cercles , on Harry Furniss's political caricatures and magic lantern shows , for which she also supplied some examples, including Furniss's famous depictions of a high-collared Gladstone. Tom Ward kindly shared the introduction and discussion of indexing The Girl's Own Paper from his website. Continuing to prune the site of unneeded thumbnails and footer icons, it still grows, though more slowly, and now has 83, documents and images as of the twenty-seventh.

By the 14th this valuable resource that links to everything on the site from railways gold earrings were made of miniature locomotives! This approach, which obviates the need to create an image for each icon, has the further advantages of allowing us to provide them for authors, artists, and topics that have too few associated documents to warrant creating the oler images while also avoiding annoying variations in color and tone of the image-based footer icons.

One problem we haven't solved yet: getting your webmaster's beloved Oxford font to work on our servers. Take a look at one group of documents for which this time-consuming conversion has been completed. Jacqueline Banerjee has created a new section on Julia Margaret Cameron thus far containing a biography, bibliography, and eight of her photographs. This was followed by a set of Daniel Maclise's illustrations for Cameron's translation of the popular ballad Leonora , and then by work on the artist, etcher and illustrator William Strang — a biography , four paintings including her favourite, The Love Letter , ten etchings including a particularly characterful self-portrait and two of his popular pencil and chalk portraits.

Turner from his blog, Why Ruskin. Joe Leggiero sent in an example of stained glass from the worksop of Heaton, Butler and Bayne. On March 30th, the site had 83, documents and images — a net loss of 14 of them since dozens of unneeded thumbnail images and footer icons have been discarded as we convert to text-based navigation tiles. Continuing his work on Kyd, he added several dozen more character portraits from Dickens.

Then she reviewed the splendid new rehang at the Guildhall Art Gallery , where these and many more paintings are currently displayed. Joe Leggiero shared a photograph of his stained glass Head of a Prophet supposedly created by Heaton, Butler and Bayne. Please contact the webmaster if you have any information on this piece. The keynote speaker will be the eminent Victorianist Professor Sally Shuttleworth of the University of Oxford, and there will be a chance to visit the archives of the Tennyson Research Centre in Lincoln.

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Snowed in with temperatures outside occasionally dropping to -3 Fharenheit The Magazine of Art also provided images of individual works by artists for whom we already have sections, such as William Blake Richmond and William Lionel Wyllie , as well as artists new to the site, including Walter Langley , E.

Linton , and J. Much of her time this month has been spent arranging, formatting and illustrating some valuable new contributions. Many thanks to Michael Blaker, R. Another very welcome new contributor, Pradip Das, has sent in some chapters from his book on the Irish architect Henry Irwin who designed many buildings in India, prompting a revision of Irwin's index. Then, at the very end of the month, JB was invited to the Guildhall Art Gallery's fabulous new rehang of its Victorian paintings. Very many thanks to Julia Dudkiewicz, Principal Curator for the rehang, and Sonia Solicari, returning Principal Curator, for taking me round and talking so knowledgeably about the paintings, and for giving the Victorian Web permission to put the collection up on our website — a formidable task.

Thanks, too, to Dr. Katherine Miller Webber for creating the web version. After meeting with the Director of the Brown University Libraries and the head of its digital scholarship group, he learned that only a single one of their projects relates to Victorian matters, but the enormous Anne S. Brown Military Collection includes, among many other things, hundreds of nineteenth-century images.

Drawing upon this treasure trove of images, he began a sections in visual arts on the army in British India and the Boer War as well as adding to older material on the Crimean War. Thanks to both Jacqueline Banerjee and Tim Willasey-Wilsey for assistance deciphering text on some of the thirty-five watercolors and lithographs added to the site. As a proof-of-concept project intended to show how the Victorian Web adds value to material available online, your webmaster has created an amplified, enriched web-version of Arthur Conan Doyle's a detailed history of the causes, events, and consequences of the South African conflict.

Readers will encounter his text illustrated by 1 the watercolors of Mortimer Menpes , an artist usually remembered for his work in the Whistler circle, 2 British and German images of battles , and 3 many photographs of Boer leaders , army units, civilian life, and troops in action. Taken together, this Boer War project offers contrasting views of the events, though both sides agree about the gallantry of those they fought.

These pieces led to a brief study of Pugin's "French Connection" , and an introduction to the architect Benjamin Ferrey , who accompanied the Pugins on their drawing tours to France. New additions include a number of illustrated essays, including two by M. Ricketts as a Book-Builder. William Owen Stanley , and numerous works by Franz von Stuck and a portrait of him. Jackie Banerjee wrote photo-essays about the interior and exterior of St Bartholomew's, Brighton and formatted, linked, and illustrated Antoine Capet's review of a Darwin Exhibition at the Natural History Museum, and also his review of the new William Morris exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Simon Cooke continued his series of essays on Victorian book designers with an essay on Albert Warren accompanied by more than a dozen photographs and descriptions of book covers warren designed. Antoine Capet contributed an essay on Emery Walker, the pioneering designer of fonts and a close associate of William Morris. Joe Pilling contributed another fine book review, this time on A. Wilson's new life of Queen Victoria. Thanks to Andrew Marienberg for pointing out a repeated paragraph in one of the scanned texts of the Bridgewater Treatises.

Brown Macdougall. Waterhouse's The Oracle. GPL also added G. Paul's Cathedral, drawings of museums in Birmingham and Reading , a detail of Indian architecture. Ellison Jr Collection of French Ceramics c. Wales, and Robert Stephenson's Britannia Bridge over the Menai , nearby — two of the age's great engineering feats. The latter was guarded by sculptor John Thomas's four monumental Egyptian-style lions. Then off again to India, with an essay on the history of Delhi's oldest church, St James' , with its memories of an older Imperial India and the Sepoy Rebellion, and the bizarre case of the East India Company's Delhi agent, Sir Thomas Metcalfe, who turned an early seventeenth-century tomb into his country house — "Dilkusha" or Heart's Delight.

Margaret Crawford. Thanks, too, to Greg Bird for pointing out a typo. The plan is to integrate it with VW commentaries on specific passages the novel and James Kincaid's book on Trollope. Philip Allingham has recently edited a special issue of The Dickens Magazine that contains sixteen essays, three by him and one by Jackie Banerjee. He also continued working on his Oliver Twist illustrations project, part of which included adding his scans of 28 plates by James Mahoney and a similar number by Harry Furniss.

Jacqueline Banerjee, having completed her series of photo essays on the architecture of Strawberry Hill, began work on the building's stained glass , creating seven essays containing three dozen photographs. Next, she provided essays on George Stephenson's Kilsby Tunnel , his life and birthplace at Wylam, Northumberland, and probably the oldest surviving train station in the world -- at Wylam.

Another wonderful old Victorian station came next, Tynemouth , also in Northumberland, and two bridges: more work on Baron Armstrong's Swing Bridge on the Tyne, and a new piece on Robert Stevenson's High Level Bridge there, both great engineering feats for their times, and part of the sensational vista of central Tyne crossings at Newcastle. Mia Ridge, doctoral student in digital humanities at the Open University, sent along new information about Margaret Giles's Boy on a Tortoise. Thanks to Simon Montgomery for correcting the names of the painter and engraver of a portrait of Sir Walter Scott, and thanks to Casey Ward for spotting a spelling error.

Graham Dry writes from Munich to correct information about a Leighton binding. In addition GPL added material on Emily Faithfull, and the English Women's Journal and on the divide in Victorian feminism between women's public rights and their private ones. Next, he created a section on W. Allingham added R. Knight's illustrations for Thomas Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree , a project which involved reconfiguring the Hardy main page and adding photographs associated with places in the novel.

He next began a project involving visual material related to Oliver Twist , contributing images and in-depth commentaries thirty plates by Felix Darley , including thirteen from Scenes and Characters from Dickens Next, he began to write commentaries for the original 24 Cruikshank illustrations.

She then added a third stained glass designer new to the site — William Wailes — plus three of his windows, and his remarkable home, Saltwell Towers in Saltwell Park. In addition, she has identified several memorials in St. Three monuments were by Marochetti, and this prompted a new collaboration with Caroline Hedengren-Dillon, who sent in photographs for a short essay on Marochetti's monument there to the Viscounts Melbourne , with its two lovely angels. Church, East Greenwich. Many thanks to both.

JB's last major project this month took the form of a series of eight photo essays containing more than 40 images on Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill. Zack Rearick, M. Thanks to Albert Hickson, who wrote identifying the open doorway in one of our photographs of Venice as the entrance to the convent of San Stefano. Allingham began the month by completing the section containing sixteen plates for R. She also reviewed Catriona Blaker's book on E.

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Pugin in Kent. JB's other work this month included a new essay on Marochetti's first great equestrian statue, of Emmanuele Filiberto in Turin. She was helped here by Caroline Hedengren-Dillon, who herself contributed Marochetti's medallion portrait of his daughter Giovanna. Many thanks for that. Finally, we opened a new section to bring together work on that quintessential Victorian, Samuel Smiles. In the following days she added two dozen more.

Valeria Aleksandrova writes that she has translated one of our docs on early locomotives into Swedish, and Kate Bondareva e-mails from Germany that she's translated into French our directions for contributors. May's Voyage of the Slave Ship: J. Turner's Masterpiece in Historical Context After photographing Joseph Durham's The Rowers in a private collection, Landow added to the materials on the sculptor.

As the month ended, he reviewed Terry Deary's Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: A history of the terrors and the torments, the dirt, diseases and deaths suffered by our ancestors. Jacqueline Banerjee finished her work on Pugin at the very end of last month with two of the preparatory drawings for the Houses of Parliament, went on to format Joe Pilling's review see below with two sets of selected passages about Archbishop Benson's extraordinary wife Mary Benson and her "unequal marriage" these last with help from GPL!

She also added pictures of the original interiors of Leighton House to modern photographs of it, giving some contemporary views of the artist's home. Some collaborations followed: with John Kemp over Old Place in Lindfield, Sussex , home of his great-great-granduncle, the stained glass artist Charles Eamer Kempe; and with Clodagh Brown over the work of her greatgrandfather Ralph Hedley in St Nicholas, Newcastle this was a rewrite of an earlier entry. She then looked at J. Pearson's St James' Church, Weybridge.

This involved opening sections for two new stained glass artists, George Hedgeland and Michael O'Connor , as well as adding works by familiar names such as Sir Edward Burne-Jones , and Francis Chantrey. Thanks to James Heffernan, founder and editor-in-chief of Review 19 for generously sharing the reviews on his site with readers of the Victorian Web.

The first one on our site is Laurence Davies's brilliant review of Jonathan H. Over the next few days, Landow put up six reviews of books about Dickens, three about Trollope, two on Tennyson, and two dozen on more general subjects plus several each in other sections of the site, such as Genre , Gender Matters , Technology , and Social and Political History.

Penelope Harris, a new contributor, sent in a biography of the architect-inventor Joseph Hansom and the church he and his son designed: Church of the Holy Name of Jesus R. After a collector who wishes to remain anonymous contributed photographs of Victorian and Edwardian medals and information about them, your webmaster spent the first few days in April creating html documents for them.

This collection includes multiple new works by three artists — 1 Frank Bowcher Col. Lewis R. In addition, this contribution contained single works by other medallists, many new to the site. Hamo Thornycroft's James T. In addition to these medals the following sculptural works have been added: Conrad Dressler's untitled portrait disk , Albert Toft's untitled head of a bearded man , perhaps a prophet, Ellen Mary Rope's letterbox , Alfred Drury's Innocence , Mary Seton Watts's St.

Cecilia , Elsie March' Portrait bust , and a copper tazza by an unknown artist. Allingham began or continued several major projects, the first of which concerns Edward Dalziel's illustrations of Dickens's Christmas stories. Jacqueline Banerjee created a new section in architecture on the remarkable Sarah Losh , which includes a biography and photo-essay on St Mary's Church, Wreay.

Thanks to Bob Morgan for sharing his photographs with us. Since then she has been working on the sculpture of Baron Marochetti, adding his effigies of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria at Frogmore Mausoleum, a drawing of the missing angel for Bellini's tomb in Paris, a medallion of his wife Camille , and a bas-relief portrait of his sons. Many thanks to Caroline Hedengren-Dillon for her photographs of these last three.

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But then back to the visual arts — Perkin's bust by Pomeroy, and commentaries on some more of Robert Freidus's photographs of important monuments in Highgate Cemetery: of the travelling menagerist George Wombwell ; the founder of the famous furniture store, John Maple ; the sculptor Alfred George Stevens ; the pugilist Tom Sayers ; and the physician Joseph Hodgson.

To these she added her own pictures of the Lendy Memorial in Sunbury-on-Thames, and Freidus's haunting picture of the Chothia monument in Brookwood Cemetery. Then, much more slowly than your webmaster, she has been formatting and adding commentaries to some of Pugin's secular and domestic designs, in one of the catalogues kindly given by the Fine Arts Society — from door grills for the Palace of Westminster , to bookcases and an incense boat. Andrzej Diniejko reviewed Chris R.

The two-day conference, which attracted both Polish Studies and British Studies scholars, was devoted to reflection on various forms of presence of the works of Victorian writers and Victorianism as a model of culture in Polish cultural awareness and in the Polish literature of the second half of the nineteenth century and later periods. Simon Cooke formatted and added links to Paul Goldman's introduction to the life and works of the illustrator Matthew James Lawless.

David Trestini asks an interesting question about a decade-old undergraduate commentary about a poem by Christina Rossetti. Here's my response. Many thanks to Albert Hickson of Peterborough for sending in multiple suggestions and corrections of materials in the sculpture section. Later in the month Kathleen Diana Ravenhill Schoch pointed out some mistranscriptions of the signatures of her great-great-grandfather, Leonard Raven Hill.

Since arriving in London, your webmaster has photographed the remains of the exterior and interior of St Saviour's Church, Walton Place in Kightbridge, most of which has been converted to a theatre and other uses. Many thanks to Ms. Janine Gillion, who generously explained the history and recent conversion of the church. Allingham, who is off again lecturing on Dickens in Poland, created a series of a dozen illustrated essays on Sol Eytinge's illustrations for Dickens's Uncommercial Traveller and Additional Christmas Stories.

He and Andrzej Diniejko together reviewed Joseph P. Jordan's Dickens Novels as Verse. Following her essay on St John's Church, Kolkata , and some of its monuments, Jacqueline Banerjee's main work this month has been a two-part piece on the Prince of Wales's tour of India in , which brought out many good qualities in the future king. She then spent some time formatting and illustrating very welcome reviews: another by Antoine Capet, of a Millais exhibition at the Tate, and one by Ellen Moody of Simon Heffer's High Minds.

Many thanks to both contributors. The next review was her own, of the splendid catalogue of the William Burges exhibition in Cork, Searching for the New Jerusalem. Then she put up and wrote about some lovely photographs of North Wales contributed by Bob Morgan, for which we opened a new section in our "Places" section.

These started with Llandudno Pier , the longest pier in Wales. She added an essay to these pieces on Dinorwic Quarry and the Quarrymen's Lives. Simon Cooke added illustrations by Hugh Thomson to his new section on the artist-designer. The French-language magazine, Cycles , asked for and received permission to use one of our images. As a result, we have been able to replace some older monochrome reproductions of Ruskin's drawings and watercolors with excellent color images and also to add several dozen new works.

In addition, the site now has seventeen daguerreotypes either by Ruskin or in his collection. He also created a section on Byzantine architecture drawing upon Bannister Fletcher and Ruskin, and later in the month he created a similar section on Romanesque architecture and the Romanesque revival. Next, turning to illustrations, Landow drew upon the Hathi Trust digital library to add 79 of Sir Edwin Landseer's drawings and watercolors reproduced in a twelve-part article in the Art-Journal , after which, drawing upon his personal library, he added thirty-four of David and William Bell Scott's illustrations for Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.

Landow put them online with a discussion of the pros and cons of the case. Allingham completed his work on E. Haslehust 's watercolors of Dickens-land, adding 15 of the artist's paintings to that artist's section, after which he added a dozen of F. Darley's illustrations to Dickens that included his usual combination of the text illustrated, detailed commentary, and comparative images by other artists. Next he added more than a dozen illustrations of Dickens works by A. Dixon, beginning with a depiction of Miss Havisham tell Pip, "It's a bride cake.

Continuing her work on British India, Jacqueline Banerjee has contributed photo essays on several major projects by E. She has also begun a new section on railways in British India , which already comprises an introduction , history of the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Line , and several locomotives, including the Rajputana Malwa Railway RMR no. F — the first built entirely in India. Thanks to the following: 1 Dickie Felton, Communications Manager, National Museums Liverpool, for sharing with us posters for late-Victorian shipping lines that will appear in a forthcoming exhibition.

Thanks to John Hodges for pointing out that a link in our essay on Tower Bridge went to the wrong Brunel and to Albert Hickson for pointing out an incorrect date of Burne-Jones's Laus Veneris in a old student essay. King , and Talwin Morris. He next created a new section for leather bookbinding , adding material by late-Victorian and Edwardian book binders.

Last month Landow reviewed Claire Tomalin's The Invisible Woman , which Sony Pictures Classics had sent our editors in advance of the forthcoming movie of the same name. The film finally reached Providence, Rhode Island, at mid-month, and Landow wrote a review that examines the different ways scholarly books and cinema tell their tales. Landow attended the opening in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada of Christopher Newall's important exhibition, John Ruskin Artist and Observer , and he reviewed both show and massive catalogue. Allingham, having completed the enormous comparative project involving Harry Furniss 's illustrations of Dickens, is now working on two projects: E.

Haslehust 's watercolors of Dickens-land and F. Darley 's illustrations of Dickens fiction. Simon Cooke has contributed illustrated essays on the book-cover designs of A. So glad you are discovering and enjoying Wodehouse too, Teresa! I know! I'm glad we have some differences though. Sastre really is a great reader, and she was the only reason I persevered in it rather than dropping the audiobook and picking up the print version. Look, no Les Mis guilt, okay? I find that if I'm obligated to read a book, I tend to enjoy it less. It's just hard to summon excitement for something that feels assigned.

We have so many obligations in our lives, so many areas in which we have to perform I think it is permissible that we should feel a bit rebellious even unconsciously? I read primarily for pleasure myself, and I understand if you need to put Les Mis down. Maybe you are trying too hard. Should be interesting! Oh, I hope this isn't true! But maybe you are right. A Little Princess is a book inextricably entwined with wonderful memories of reading and rereading in my childhood.

Weird, I know, but it's just one of those things. So I hope no one is expecting a calm, unbiased, cerebral review of A Little Princess. Because I am completely incapable of writing one :-P I'm trying to get it written, but it's hard. I have an old review of it that I'm fixing up, and I just don't feel like I am doing the story justice Nathan and Porua, you might want to stay away from it when I get it written, to avoid spoilers. Hmm, that's odd that you couldn't finish The Secret Garden , citygirl. I've never been able to decide which of the two is my favorite! I love how Burnett's young characters are so flawed.

Mary and Colin both start out downright nasty. I also need to review The Firm. I thought it was all right, nothing fantastic. I put it down a couple times in tense scenes and while I did think about it once or twice before I could pick it up again, I wasn't obsessed with it or anything like what all the back-cover blurbs seem to expect. Though I did want to find out what happened. Just not desperately. I will be starting Collins' The Two Destinies tonight I wanted to jot down a few bits from City of God , which continues to be excellent: "The intelligent are infected by a gross moral disorder which makes them defend the irrational workings of their minds as if they were logic and truth itself, even when the evidence has been put before them as plainly as is humanly possible" p.

Take away the screens of such senseless notions and let the crimes be seen, weighed, and judged in all their nakedness" p. It is just because he is all-powerful that there are some things he cannot do" p. But it must not be supposed that folly is as powerful as truth, just because it can, if it likes, shout louder and longer than truth" p. With Wodehouse, I think I was thinking of Teresa - sorry to have mixed you all up! It was your Wodehouseness I was confusing, not your personalities! Amy, I'm in much the same condition with A Little Princess. But Burnett was the same author who wrote Little Lord Fauntleroy , which I can't stand - saintly orphaned children can get nauseating and a little too Victorian.

Yet in childhood, A Little Princess practically transformed my little world. To say I loved it is an understatement. Beware, Amy - Cousin Kate is not one of Heyer's best. Though I'd never connected it to Gothic before, which makes it make a little more sense.

I like that : Thanks for your Les Mis permission. I'm afraid that if I abandon it now, I might never go back to it, and that would be a shame. I think the real problem is that this just isn't the right time for me to read it, particularly with that have-to-read chore aspect.

My copy is in two volumes, so I think I might just finish vol 1 and leave it there. I haven't read anything else serious since I began it in December, and I really think it's time to leave it and start on something else. I know, isn't it odd that Burnett could write such a masterpiece as A Little Princess and also such a lame story as Little Lord Fauntleroy?

Randomly, I remember how fun it was trying to sound out the name "Fauntleroy" phonetically as a child! With my recent influx of Heyer books, I think I'll have to pick one up soon. You talk a lot about The Unknown Ajax ; is that a good stand-alone, or is it connected to some of her other books? Oddly enough, it won't let me delete my old review and post the new one with today's date.

So the review is new, but dated from the first time I reviewed it. I read this with our adult Bible fellowship and really got a lot out of it. I never realized how much the Gospel needs to be my focus, that I should never get over it or past it. I would recommend this little book to believers who want to grow in their faith. It's firmly grounded in Scripture and I think everyone in the class benefited from it. Something different for me, a modern legal thriller. It wasn't terrible and I will probably read another Grisham eventually, but it's no literary masterpiece.

Reviews to come soon. I didn't know it won the Newbery until recently; it was a book I read as a teen and always remembered, though there is nothing spectacular about it. I remember it as a sensitive, well-written story about an ordinary girl. I'm looking forward to revisiting. Beautiful review of A Little Princess. I'm always afraid to review books like that, e.

I reread Rilla of Ingleside the other day and decided to keep it a private read, because I'm sure I would only spend most of the review justifying the fact that I read something with such a 'cutesy' reputation which is thoroughly unjustified as we know. The Unknown Ajax is a stand-alone. When a teenager I wasn't impressed, but on subsequent rereads it's gone up there among my favourites.

It has some very funny bits, and Heyerian characterisation. Burnet's biography is much more interesting than most of her books. She lived quite close to my home base. Her family lived in extreme poverty until she began writing at the age of From then on, she supported her family through her writing.

She married several times, romanticized children but in reality was an terrible mother. She ruined one of her son's lives the other was dead by forcing him to pose for photo-ops in those dread Fauntleroy clothes. Ironically, she saw herself primarily as a writer of books for adults.

Of her children's books, her favorite was Little Lord Fauntleroy. After her death a monument was erected which featured characters from The Secret Garden , a work she did not rank among her best but which is her best known work today. Her books for adults are not widely know. Persephone has published a few, but they are terribly saccharine. Thanks for that, urania. I'd never have guessed. A terrible mother. Now that is irony. Thanks, citygirl. Another Grisham fan has recommended A Time to Kill as one of his best books, so that will certainly be the next of his that I pick up.

I'm thinking a beach read when we go to NC in May Thanks Lorena. I did have a lot of trouble getting that review right, mostly because the book feels like part of myself I read it so constantly at a young age. I know what you mean, although sometimes it's fun to be an unabashed, unapologetic fan of something not wholly approved by the literati : I'm looking forward to The Unknown Ajax! I'll keep you posted, of course.

They look so invitingly fat and replete with good things I have been reminding myself that I'm not starting the series till the man finishes it! I was aware of most of that about Burnett. I only recently discovered that she wrote anything besides her big three children's books. Tembarom and Robin ignore that touchstone.

So they're pretty saccharine, you say? One thing I found interesting when I was scanning the Wiki article was that Burnett actually did discover a secret garden herself at one point in her life. Isn't it interesting how authors are not always the best judges of their own work? I've heard that Tchaikovsky didn't much care for that little thing he wrote called "The Nutcracker. Song of Ice and Fire! I predict you will be waiting a LONG time for that series to finish. If ever. Maybe you could read them and think of them as like reading one of Jane Austen's unfinished books hah, this stuff could hardly be less like Austen than it is!

With the bonus of there being a small possibility that they one day might miraculously be finished Your halfway short review is up to your usual high standard. Clearly, Amy, you are a woman of many talents I've been enjoying your recent reviews, Amy. I think that forward of your really gives Pyle short shrift. Was he one of the greatest writers of all time? I well remember writing down quotes from those books as I read through them, and I'm pretty sure I still have that particular notebook lying around somewhere back home.

I should definitely revisit that author. Jumping into the discussion s for just a wee bit: Porua wrote: if The Phantom of the Opera is anything like The Mystery of the Yellow Room than Leroux's melodramatic tendencies outstrip Collins by a mile! See, I don't remember The Yellow Room being melodramatic at all. Maybe I've just been deadened to melodrama Not to mention my life itself, but that's an entirely different matter.

Isn't it an anti-Gothic, though? I've heard it likened to Northanger Abbey. This seems to be a recurring statement for you, Rena. I like the idea of that list, I might just do it Choc wrote: Maybe you could read them and think of them as like reading one of Jane Austen's unfinished books Ooh, that's an excellent notion. Indeed it is. Thanks for anticipating me, Nathan! I know I'm not good about posting here regularly, and usually end up dumping a ton of info at once. But my time is only available in chunks nowadays, I'm finding. I agree that Pyle's prose is a bit more than merely serviceable.

The passages I quote in my review are very nice, I thought. And here is my review for Up A Road Slowly. Lovely, honest, gentle book, just as I remembered it. Without intending the slightest criticism of the Anne books, I would recommend Up A Road Slowly to readers who find Montgomery a little too idealistic and flowery.

But I'll save it for my review :. And I completely forgot to mention the Austen biography I just reviewed here. Good stuff, as I pontificate in my review Except for the typos I found. The worst was when the author used "Frank Churchill" instead of "Henry Crawford. I think it is. But I do nevertheless. Not that I like either of them much, of course.

No, it isn't terrible. It is a great tribute to Austen's ability to create complex characters we can never entirely dismiss. Question: do you think the rating might've been higher if you weren't so bothered by the audition? You would recommend Sylvester and The Foundling over it? Hmm, good question. I think The Unknown Ajax is one of those books that I'll enjoy even more on subsequent readings.

Hugh is so very different from the usual Regency leading man that I spent much of this read trying to figure him out and being tricked, lol. Next time I'll be able to relax more and savor the story. I do think the edition affected my rating somewhat And that will probably change with time. The Foundling was a lot of fun, but I would say it's probably equal to or just below The Unknown Ajax.

Again, all these ratings are subject to change! Thanks for the response. I realize that ratings are often arbitrary, and I too generally change them on rereads. Usually the case is that they go up , but there are exceptions—e. I'm just always interested in seeing which Heyers other people think are the best, so I know what to look for at sales and such.

For the record, I think Sylvester has a more complex interaction between hero and heroine for want of better terms and better exploration of their relationship, which in The Unknown Ajax is fairly surface. But in Ajax, the focus is more on Hugo himself as a single character, and also on dear, annoying, hilarious Claud also the less interesting Richmond and the heroine whose name I forget right now. The Foundling is more of a straightforward comedy, though all three are great for humour. I think if I did a 'syllabus' for Heyer, I'd get awfully discursive. It would be more of a rambling essay.

Yay for discursiveness and rambling! I still say you write it, Rena. And yeah, you know the heroine isn't A class when you can't remember her name. I agree with your thoughts in 91, Chocolate. Her name is Anthea. And what's wrong with rambling essays, pray? It was a lot of fun! My review will be forthcoming, but I have to say that Barbara Rosenblatt is an exceptional narrator. Her different voices and accents are wonderful! I believe she read the rest of the series and I will certainly be scouring my libraries for them : I also started Nicholas Nickleby the touchstone for which just drops off completely when I hit submit.

As I was saying in the monthly author group, I'm a hundred pages in and struck by both Dickens' humor "Mr. Squeers's appearance was not prepossessing. He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favour of two. I'm also really liking Nicholas; he seems to have a good sense of humor despite his callow greenness. I hope to get a good chunk of that read today. Well, I finished Nicholas Nickleby and enjoyed every word of it! My review is here. Nicholas is a great hero and I loved all the characters, as usual. Here are a couple choice quotes I didn't include in my review: "Now, Mrs Curdle was supposed, by those who were best informed on such points, to possess quite the London taste in matters relating to literature and the drama; and as to Mr Curdle, he had written a pamphlet of sixty-four pages, post octavo, on the character of the Nurse's deceased husband in Romeo and Juliet, with an inquiry whether he really had been a 'merry man' in his lifetime, or whether it was merely his widow's affectionate partiality that induced her so to report him.

He had likewise proved, that by altering the received mode of punctuation, any one of Shakespeare's plays could be made quite different, and the sense completely changed; it is needless to say, therefore, that he was a great critic, and a very profound and most original thinker. Sir Mulberry's world was peopled with profligates, and he acted accordingly. Thus, cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us every day.

It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement. It was funny; as the opening credits were rolling with Rachel Portman's score, I remarked that it reminded me of the Paltrow Emma. We didn't realize that until we watched the special features. I like his style!

Oh my The only books of his currently on my reading list are Oliver Twist and Great Expectations , mostly because those are stories I've known since I was a kid, and with them I'll complete my reading of his five most popular yarns along with A Tale of Two Cities , David Copperfield , and A Christmas Carol. Overall, great review. But please, coul you unspoilerfy the last paragraph?

I was somewhat familiar with the plot and characters, but had no idea about what happened to Smike. I would have thought that would have been out-of-place in a Dickens film; however, I'm sure to watch it once I read the book, as I'll watch pretty much anything that has Christopher Plummer and Romola Garai in it. I did give a warning about spoilers in my first paragraph, Nathan, but for you Crummles and found it more distracting than anything else.

But the part was fairly brief so it did not impair the rest of the film.


And yes, Garai was very good. She must have had a strong director reining her in because there was none of the over-the-top expressions you mention in the latest Emma. Glad to hear she does a good job in Nickleby as well. I was getting all enthusiastic about reading Nicholas Nickleby on reading your review Noooo, I don't want that association! But an awesome review nevertheless :. But seeing the buzz around your review makes me really want to read it! Hey - loved your review of The Curse of the Pharaohs.

I love seeing the differences between the first book and the rest. There's only a break of about 6 years I guess, but I remember reading somewhere that she wrote the first one just as a single book. Then a few years later came back and built it into an ongoing series. I will not decide between Hugo and Dickens.

I love them both too much. Porua, isn't it lovely knowing that you have more Dickens to read, that you haven't yet reached the end of him? I have that happiness with many of my favorite authors, bless their prolific hearts! Thanks Laura! Yes, I read somewhere that the first book was not intended to kick off a series. Which of course causes huge continuity problems later, as Peters decided to make Amelia functionally much younger.

I like the direction things are taking in this second book The review, for the record, is here. Some of you are no doubt aware that the fourth book in Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia series, A Conspiracy of Kings , is due out this month. What can I say? The spirit is weak right along with the flesh on this one. I am so looking forward to this! If you've never read the series and have any proclivities toward fantasy at all, you need to read them! Don't read reviews, as there are huge spoilers that you simply must be innocent of before you start the story.

But for the initiated, there is a sneak peek here. I hope you don't mind me popping in your thread to comment on The Queen's Thief. I just recently finished reading the first three and loved them and am, like you, looking forward to the fourth. Had a question about these, though. In the author's notes, Turner mentions that she inserted a line from "Howl's Moving Castle" in the first book.

Did anyone find it? It's been too long since I've read that one. I'm not sure I'd be able to find it without re-reading Howl and The Thief. I did, however, recognize immediately the description of a certain artifact from Rosemary Sutcliff's books. Inquiring minds want to know! Hey, Amy, have missed you over on the 75 book challenge thread but finally found you here.

I just read Cold Comfort Farm and found your review, which expressed exactly how I felt about the book. You've been doing some great reading this year. A Little Princess is one of my favorite children's books, and I still love to reread it. The Eyre Affair and the whole series is a big favorite of mine and I think that reading it in print really makes the profanity fade into the background--sometimes I missed it altogether.

The Unknown Ajax is one of my favorite Heyers and has stood up to rereads better than Sylvester for me, although the latter made me laugh out loud several times in my first reading of it. Cousin Kate is not one of my favorites, although it is definitely meant to echo the Gothic style--probably one of the reasons I don't care for it.

I have acquired the first three volumes of The Thief series, although I haven't read them yet. I hope to do so this year. I put The Thief on my wishlist. Welcome, ludmillalotaria, ronincats, and janepriceestrada! Thanks for stopping by. But I see I need to make her more of a priority! I'll try to get a copy of Howl's Moving Castle soon. The artifact from Rosemary Sutcliff's books I will be on the lookout as I reread the Attolia books in the coming week. Thanks for the heads-up, lud! If you find that Jones line before I do, please post it here! It really is. Everyone else seems to adore the book and though I do appreciate the little quirks of humor and characterization, I just couldn't warm to the story as a whole.

Also, I did pick up a film version at a sale last week, in the hopes that it might be fun. Nathan, you'd probably be all over this one; it has Kate Beckinsale as Flora Poste. It does have some big names, doesn't it? This raises my hopes a bit! Where is your thread, ronincats? I didn't see it on your profile. Yes, I'm looking forward to the other books in the Thursday Next series. I definitely want to get to them this year. Hardy really takes the time to describe his characters Already I can see some themes emerging. Where exactly is Hardy going with this? I'm afraid the writing is showing itself true to the stereotypes of the genre — Christian fiction — by being positively abysmal in places.

If she calls their tutor "tired-eyed" one more time, I think I will snort. And there's just this strange awkwardness in some passages, though nothing grammatically incorrect. Just stylistically weak. Stengl would benefit greatly from an editor with an eye for phrasing. However, despite the flawed execution, the story itself is rather engaging so far, and I find myself wanting to get back to it.

Silly day job! I liked it very much! I think I got that recommendation from the Anne of Green Gables book page; someone added it there. I'll try to post my thread link when I have more time to figure it out. I got Heartless also, and my heart sank when I got it and saw the comparison to Donita Paul, who I've also tried and immediately mooched. I'm several chapters in, working on giving it a fair chance and hoping it won't be hackneyed prose serving an agenda.

I've never tried Donita Paul. I did think it funny that Stengl's series is said to be "in the tradition" of Paul's work; I didn't know there was such a tradition already! I don't see too much of an agenda thus far, but we'll see. I'm not a fan of preachiness either. The film version of Cold Comfort is great! If nothing else, you'll enjoy Ian McKellan as Amos—he's absolutely brilliant in that role.

Just wait for his delivery of the famous "There'll be no butter in hell! The scene where Seth heads off to Hollywood is priceless as well. Pretty much the only thing I didn't like about the movie was the casting of Flora's love interest - he seemed like such a dimwit! I'm surprised you're reading another Hardy after your relative disappointment with The Mayor of Casterbridge.

But I'm glad you are too! Hmmm, I need to read some more of him as well I like your review for country of the pointed firs very much! Especially your surmises about the author. Oh so true! It is good to know that there are more Dickens books to read. Another one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie also wrote many books but I've still managed to finish nearly all of them. I do wish there were more of her Marple mysteries to read though. They are the best!

I know you're offline for a bit, Nathan, but for when you come back It just didn't resonate with me as other classics have. My choice of Far From the Madding Crowd as my next audiobook is the result of me running into the library and not having a lot of time to browse. And I'm not minding it at all, actually. Hardy has some excellent character sketches going on, and I'm perking up at every hint of Paradise Lost.

He's already mentioned it outright a couple times. What is he up to? They are just so good! Her dialogue is so witty and fun, and her characters have real depth. And Amazon informs me that my copy of Conspiracy of Kings was sent today. It was too big for my finger. I slipped it over my thumb. I looked down at the ring still hung around my left thumb. He looked as well and whistled.

In the sunlight I could see that the emerald was flawed, milky white on one side. The seal engraved in it was a curving fish, maybe a dolphin. The white flaw was a breaking wave. The magus leaned over me to lift it off my thumb. Whoever wore it must have had it in his family for many generations. I'll put it in my bag, so that it doesn't get lost. The ring didn't belong in a bag; it belonged on a finger. My finger. It had a lot of potential and I did enjoy it, but the prose needed some work. Any thoughts on it? I agree that Heartless had potential.

I read right through it in two sittings. But there were some problems. Clunky prose. Stereotypes a mile wide. Dropped stitches. By which I mean plot points that go nowhere, like how unattractive Una looks in the "fashionable" dress. Never addressed again until her wedding. The plot seems to skip around a lot. Felix and Fidel have no common sense at all.

Do you really have any sense at all of why Aethelbald is even there, much less why he professes to love this rather immature and shallow princess? I think it's a cop-out that we don't know what Faery is like because everything is invisible to human eyes. Do we have any inklings about the Duke's ambitions before the attack?

That said, there is a pull to the story. She does doom and gloom really well, better than love.