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Culture, History

10 Urban Legends & Myths

  The Whitechapel Murders The Whitechapel Murders and the mysterious entity committing them are perhaps one of the most famous examples of an Urban Legend in London’s history. ‘Jack The Ripper’ was never found or arrested, but several individuals were potentially tied to the mysterious entity – his nickname ‘the […]

Art, Culture, History

Et tu, Brute?

Feeling stabbed in the back by politics? Villain or revolutionary, some of history’s most colourful characters had two faces. Often appearing next to the most powerful players of all time, traitors and acts of treason can alter the course of history for good or ill. Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 B.C.) and Nelson […]

SJS4488 A Rake's Progress III: The Rake at the Rose-Tavern by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 62.2x75 cm; Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum, London; (add.info.: portraits of Roman Emperors defaced except Nero;); English,  out of copyright
Art, Culture, History

Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress

Sex, Booze and Debauchery in 18th-Century London William Hogarth (1697-1764) grew up in the less than salubrious streets around Smithfield meat market in London.  The British artist knew the underbelly of the metropolis from an early age and created a series of paintings satirising contemporary customs. A Rake’s Progress (1733) tells the story […]