Reviews: A Strange Business By James Hamilton

With the subtitle ‘Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain’, James Hamilton’s book really is right on the money. This is a well-told, richly-textured and diverse study of, not so much art itself, but the business behind it. Not a lot has changed over the past 200 years, in terms...

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Gentleman’s Fashion: The Need for Tweed

Cheesborough invented Vaseline in the nick of time. By 1860, when marathon cycle rides and day long beagling events were carried out in doormat-thick tweed plus fours, the thrill of the chaff may have been overvalued. The ‘twill’ is the strengthening diagonal thread in the weave. A package of cloth...

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