Librarians, curators, history and literature nerds - can you help? My JSTOR and googlefu is failing me. I'm trying to find out whether anyone has researched the phenomenon of writing inscriptions on glass with a diamond which was trendy in the late 18th/early 19th century. [more inside]
This painting is by an anonymous master, probably from the 18th century. It hangs in my neighbor's living room, but she does not know what it represents. Can you help identify the subject of the painting? Link here
Asking for my sister.
I'm trying to create a LARP event (18th century) and I'm looking for character names that imply various stereotypes, like the town gossip or the crazy recluse.She is not looking for made up names, but is looking for names that allow you to know what character they are. Some of the other characters she's mentioned to me are: suspicious character, herbal healer, healers apprentice (female), but please don't limit yourself to these characters alone.
I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
I'm looking for English language historical romances set in France during the early to mid 18th century, that are not in any way involved with the French Revolution. [more inside]
In my misspent youth, I thought I would spend my life immersed in the life and work of Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744), but I wandered off to flirt with other eras and research fields. I'm sure that there's a lot of good work I've missed in the past 25 years, so I'm looking for social history recommendations from the Glorious Revolution through 1760. [more inside]
Movie ID help please: 18th century England, noblewoman looking for husband, writes letters with rich American who made fortune in slave trade, she befriends a slave who works in the house, they fall in love, later there is a childbirth scene. Movie made in the early 90s, low-budget look, could be made-for-TV. [more inside]
Where can I find a currency converter that goes back to the 19th-century? [more inside]