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UK Auction/Some Fabulous Paintings

I have tons to post about, but I gotta parse it out to keep things interesting!  So here’s #1:

Christie’s has announced a sale of items from Cowdray Park in West Sussex.  Among the items will be this Gainsborough portrait that hasn’t been seen for 50 years:

Unfortunately the Christie’s site hasn’t been updated yet with details on all the individual items, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled!  Here’s an article about the sale from the Daily Mail, and the press release.

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New Costume Blogs!

Whoa — outta nowhere, tons of costumers have decided to create their own standalone blog (most previously posted mostly on LiveJournal).  In case you’re interested, here’s a raft of new (or reinvigorated) costuming blogs to check out and see if you’d like to follow:

18th century, interesting reading

Duran Textiles

Duran Textiles is a company in Sweden making stunning 18th century textile reproductions.  Their newsletter comes out every few months and is always an interesting read — the latest issue has a lovely reproduction of an 18th century Banyan, and here’s a nice article on the pouf hairstyle (I’m interested to note they use styrofoam as the base for their reproduction wigs!).  Their pictures do a nice job of featuring their fabrics, but an even better job of providing inspiration for dresses, hair, makeup, accessories, etc.  Renaissance Fabrics carries a few of their fabrics, as does William Booth Draper.  I really, really want this embroidered silk…  on the off chance the fabric fairy is reading this!