"Oliver Goldsmith", unknown artist. Watercolour and chinese white on laid paper, ca. 1770.

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I loved that serie! It just finished here in…

I know!!!!! And I just LOVE how everyone looks so dirty! That’s very historically accurate XD

This only confirms I’m a crazy person, right?

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"Liutenant-Colonel Banastre Tarleton", Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1782.

You can see this painting in the room 36 of the National  Gallery

Banastre Tarleton is famous for fighting at the American Revolutionary War and it’s said that we was an amazing fighter but with really bad temper. Back to England he became a Member of the Parlament of Liverpool, a Gerenal and a Baronet.

According to this portrait by Reynolds, he was very stylish too: he is painted in Tarleton’s Green Horse uniform (he was the commandant) and with the helmet that he introduced to the British Legion (made of leather and with a fur plume).

The flag is asumed to be of the British Legion and if you take a look at the first detail, you’ll see that Reynolds also descreetly shows that Tarleton lost in 1781 two fingers of his right hand.

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Robe à la Polonaise, 1775-1780 (made), 1800-1900 (altered).

Chinese printed silf, lined with linen. Made in England or France. In storage at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Art.

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Sofia Coppola while filming “Marie Antoinette”.
I just love how she doesn’t look out of place there.

Sofia Coppola while filming “Marie Antoinette”.

I just love how she doesn’t look out of place there.

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The Withdrawing Room at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.

Some of the things I like the most about "The Duchess" is that it was entirely filmed on location, so for the scenes at Geogiana’s mother’s house they use this room at Kedleston Hall, originally used by the women of the house to entertain themselves. Being this house designed in 1765 by Robert Adam, not only the interior design but the furniture and some art was commissioned by Adam exclusively for the house.

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1740s stays reproduction.

No secret for anyone Merja (from Before the Automobile) is one of my favourite costumers and bloggers and there is no one who can judge me for that: she sews by hand her reproduction garments and ALWAYS has the right shape, fabric, finishing, trims and (of course) style.

This is her reproduction of a pair of 1740s stays and my favourite part of this are all the quilted boning channels in contrast thread.

You can read her full post HERE.

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Be an extra on TURN: Washington's Spies

TURN returns!  The filming of the second season of TURN: Washington’s Spies is about to begin.  TURN is filming in the Central Virginia/Richmond area, and Arvold Casting is seeking paid Extras who look authentically from the Revolutionary War era and are local to the Central Virginia/Richmond area.

Filming for the second season begins Monday, September 29th and continues through February, with a hiatus from December 18th to January 4th.  Casting will be ongoing for this project until the final shoot date in February, so keep that hair growing!

Arvold Casting is holding an Open Call this Sunday, September 21st, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia, and would love to find some new faces as well as see familiar ones.  We really want to meet you in person!


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I’ve just started watching the Swedish series "Anno 1790" and it looks AWESOME. It’s a criminal series that follows a doctor (just comming from the Swedish-Russian war) working for the Stockholm police while being against the monarchy.

Photo: Johan H :son Kjellgren, Linda Zilliacus, Peter Eggers and Joel Spira in a still from Anno 1790.

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I love your blog it's simply AMAZING! ^_^

Thank you! <3

Coat of embroidered wool, detail

Black wool, embroidered with cotton, lined with silk and linen, made in the 1790s, England.

Now in storage at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Bringing the Stately @cheateaugudanes Back to Life

For more photos and videos from the restoration of the chateau as it progresses, follow @chateaugudanes on Instagram.

When Australian couple Karina and Craig Waters began the search for a French cottage, they had little idea of the adventure they would ultimately find: restoring the regal Chateau de Gudanes (@chateaugudanes).

As they embarked on their venture in French real estate, the options they turned up were disheartening—so much so that they nearly abandoned the dream. After their son stumbled upon an online listing for a large abandoned chateau in the Pyrénées, however, they ventured back to France.

"We had no idea where the Pyrénées were geographically," Karina explains. "We drove from Paris to Toulouse then headed towards the Midi-Pyrénées. By the time we drove past fields of sunflowers, towards snow capped mountains linking earth to heaven and then entered the little village and saw the chateau tucked gently in a glorious valley, we were speechless. We made an offer a couple of days later."

At long last, they had found Chateau de Gudanes, a stately home and grounds that dated back to the 13th century before being reconstructed by famed French architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel as a lavish home for the Marquis Louis Gaspard de Sales.

The dilapidated chateau required substantial work after years of disuse—an undertaking Karina and her family have embraced wholeheartedly. With nearly 100 rooms including a central chapel and a newly discovered underground chamber beneath the basement, the challenges of structural renovation form a constant process around which Karina has developed an eager community on Instagram. “I make a coffee, post a photo and then hours later from the other side of the world, I receive a comment from someone saying, ‘This is the best part of my day, making a coffee and seeing what the photo is for today.’ I love being here onsite, sharing what I love, experiencing it and knowing that someone else feels the same way.”

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People reenact a balloon flight for Paris’s 2,000th anniversary, June 1952.Photograph by Justin Locke, National Geographic

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Robe à la française, detail

Yellow silk dress, made between 1750-1575, European.

Now in storage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Robe a la Française, 1760’s

I jut love the pink and green combo in this dress.

Source: fashionsfromhistory

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