A Masked Earl
Images I found useful in writing my fourth historical romance, A Masked Earl.
Formal day wear: 1745 | V This coat and waistcoat illustrate formal daywear for men in the 1740s. The fabric of the coat is a rich shot green and black silk. By the 1740s the waistcoat is shorter in length than the coat. It is made of yellow silk brocaded with coloured silk and silver threads. Comprised of large flowers and leaves densely covering the fabric, the brocaded pattern is typical of Late Baroque design. The coat is collarless. It fits tightly to the body, but has very full skirts
Man’s At-home Robe (Banyan) France, circa 1760 Costumes; nightwear (entire body) Silk satin with supplementary weft float patterning; lined with striped plain weave silk Center back length: 51 1/2 in. (130.81 cm) Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne (M.2007.211.949)
In contrast to today's rather mundane spawn of coffeehouse chains, the London of the 17th and 18th century was home to an eclectic and thriving coffee drinking scene. Dr Matthew Green explores the halcyon days of the London coffeehouse, a haven for caffeine-fueled debate and innovation which helped to shape the modern world. From the tar-caked wharves of Wapping to the gorgeous lamp-lit squares of St James’s and Mayfair, visitors to eighteenth-century London were amazed by an efflorescence of co
17th and 18th century chocolate was sold in ready prepared tablets, which could be grated to make drinking chocolate. These usually contained sugar and were sometimes spiced or perfumed. Confectionery and baked goods which were flavoured with chocolate started to appear in the late 17th century, but true "chocolates" did not arrive on the scene until quite later.