Monthly Archives: January 2017

Avoiding sex with Mrs Moriarty

In November 2015 I wrote a post about Augusta Withers, complaining that,  as is the case with many female botanical artists, little was known about her. However by comparison with today’s subject, we had a veritable plethora of biographical information!  Mrs H. … Continue reading

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Crompton and Fawkes

Wentworth Castle in Yorkshire boasts a magnificent Victorian conservatory behind the main 18thc building.   It was built in 1885-6 by Crompton & Fawkes, an Essex-based company who were one of the leading manufacturers of horticultural buildings in Britain at the … Continue reading

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The survival of Wentworth Castle

In 1817 the Rev. Lionel Berguer published “Trifles in Verse”, a collection of  [to put it politely] turgid amateur poetry. The first of these almost unreadable pieces  is dedicated to his friend Frederick Vernon Wentworth. It conjures up a gentle Arcadian … Continue reading

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Walter Crane & his Floral Fantasy

I thought it would nice to start the year with something a little light-hearted, although as always with such things there is a more serious undertone.   Walter Crane was an English artist and book illustrator. Born in 1845 he … Continue reading

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