Tag Archives: 18th Century

1754: Il Disinganno

Francesco Queirolo: Release from Deception [detail] (1754)

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1793: With Jocund Music Charm his Ear

Henry Fuseli: The Shepherd’s Dream, from “Paradise Lost” (1793) The “shepherd’s dream” in Paradise Lost (1667) is an extended simile that Milton uses at the end of Book I after Satan and his fallen angels have lost in their first … Continue reading

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1784: First Woman to Fly

On June 4, 1784, at the age of 19, a French opera singer named Élisabeth Thible became the first woman aeronaut in history by ascending in a hot air balloon in Lyon. A painter named M. Fleuranthad had been scheduled … Continue reading

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1726: Definition

THUNDER: a Noise known by Persons not Deaf. —Nathan Bailey: An universal etymological English dictionary, comprehending the derivations of the generality of words in the English tongue (1726)

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1789: The Bastilles Made from the Bastille

Pierre-François Palloy owned one of the largest building firms in Paris when the Bastille fell on July 14, 1789, and, after some debate over the fate of the prison that had come to symbolize tyranny in the city, he acquired … Continue reading

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1776: The Resurrection of the Universal Friend

Born in Rhode Island in 1752, Jemima Wilkinson would become, at the age of 25, the first American-born woman to found a religious group—following what she claimed was her death and resurrection. She abandoned her birth name, asked to be … Continue reading

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1756: Allegory

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Allegorical Frontispiece of Rome and its history from Le Antichita Romane (1756)

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