I’ve always loved historical portraits. I think it comes from the fact I love royal history, and you can’t really study monarchs without considering the images they portrayed in their propaganda-esque portraits (just think of Elizabeth I).  I also find it totally fascinating you can practically stare into the eyes…

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When I say Appleby, most people will automatically think of the famous horse fair that is held in the town the first week of every June. However, there is another side to Appleby – an historic one. There was been a settlement near the current town since the 9th Century,…

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When I was in my final year studying History I completed a module all about Georgian satirical cartoons as primary historical sources. I was immediately hooked by the lively work of Gillray, Rowlandson, Cruickshank and their friends. I spent happy hours pouring over their cartoons, deciphering the complex symbolism as if…

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