Risky Regencies

The Wellington Exhibition

At Stratfield Saye, the Duke of Wellington’s country house, the stables are turned into a museum showing artifacts from the Duke’s life.
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The star of the exhibit is, of course, the Victorianly-excessive funeral carriage.
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But there were other pieces, too.

Wellington’s umbrella with a steel spike used in 1830 during the Reform Bill Riots when Wellington was not very popular with the citizenry.
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A dispatch bag belonging to Joseph Bonaparte’s treasurer captured after the Battle of Vitoria
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A caricature
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A feed bag
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Record of feeding of horses (Copenhagen is listed)
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Photograph of footmen in livery
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Omigosh, that livery looks dreadful! Not at all like handsome Thomas from Downton Abbey
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(Not that any Regency footman would be dressed as Thomas!)

Can you tell I’m still missing England?

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ki pha
ki pha
8 years ago

Oh wow! I’m shocked I missed the record of the horse feedings! Argh~

But that photo of the footmen just makes me smile. Though the clothing should have been like Thomas’ and less like a soldier’s uniform it’s still nice to see it.

Laurel Hawkes
8 years ago

Does one every truly stop missing England? There will always be a place in my heart occupied by my heritage and by the people I met when I lived there. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Susan in AZ
Susan in AZ
8 years ago

I’ll take Thomas off your hands. Really. Just tell me where to pick him up.

Louisa Cornell
8 years ago

I love seeing all of these photos as I missed out on the lovely trip, O Divine One! And I would go in a New York minute if I had the money. One day !! However, I did receive a lovely postcard of the Goya portrait of Artie from Kristine recently! Looking for just the right frame for it so I can keep it on my desk as inspiration! 🙂

Maribelle
Maribelle
8 years ago

Fascinating! Copenhagen is horse nr. 24 in the list 🙂
I don’t think Thomas would have liked wearing that kind of livery, particularly that strange looking headgear.

M. Denise Costello
8 years ago

Wonderful to see these photos, Diane. I miss England, too!

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