After reading yet another book about Charles Dickens, I was compelled to revisit this painting—because I had had no idea that his daughter Kate posed for it. His children, from all I've read, didn't have an easy time of it. But Kate, who was apparently his favorite, must have been resilient. She became an artist as well as an artist's model, and lived to nearly 90.
So here's a quiz, for those of you who closely follow our presentations about historic dress. What's odd in this picture—the description at the museum (please click on link below) offers a clue—and how would you explain it?
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.