Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses upon Art, Angels & other stuff in between.



Constance Holland

Constance Mary Holland (2nd January 1859 – 7th April 1898) was buried at 4pm on the 9th of April 1898 in the Protestant section of the Campo Santo cemetery in Genoa. The 'Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno' is a cemetery based... Continue Reading →

HMS Warrior: A Victorian Masterpiece

HMS Warrior is a Victorian vessel whose home is now Portsmouth Historical Dockyard. She was built to counter French advancements in naval ship building and in her day, HMS Warrior was the largest, fastest and most innovative warship throughout the... Continue Reading →

The Ruskin Road Gang

John Ruskin, leading nineteenth century thinker, critic, artist, general man of unimpeachable talents and genius, was also a man of social conscience. Prone to considering all detail, from noticing the most minor daub in a painting to the tiniest vein... Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Siddal: Her Passing

On the evening of 10th February 1862 Lizzie, wearing a new cloak, had accompanied Rossetti and Swinburne to the Sablonière Hotel, Leicester Square, where they had dined early. She had seemed drowsy in the cab on the way but refused... Continue Reading →

Carlyle on ‘this dirty rabble’

20th December, 1824 My Dearest, These Booksellers are certainly a consequence of the Fall of Adam; they were sent into the world for our sins. I expected ere this to have been cherishing myself with your answer to my letter;... Continue Reading →

Isadora Duncan

"I have the right to choose the father of my own children," Isadora Duncan declared. She then wrote to George Bernard Shaw, asking him 'Will you be the father of my next child? A combination of my beauty and your brains... Continue Reading →

Keble College Chapel and Hunt’s The Light of the World

Keble College, Oxford was founded in memory of John Keble, a clergyman of the nineteenth century who today appears to have been overshadowed for the majority by the reputation of John Henry Newman – the almost saint. Keble was a... Continue Reading →

Roger Fenton and the Crimean Valley of the Shadow of Death

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4) Roger Fenton (1819 - 1869) was a renowned... Continue Reading →

The 1840s

1840 Herbert converts to Catholicism (reference to be found in Errington blog posts) 1841 Punch is founded Carlyle publishes On Heroes Talbot obtains a patent for the calotype process in photography London Library founded in Pall Mall 1842 Queen Victoria... Continue Reading →

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