The Doodling Queen in 1789: some Things never Change

29 August, 2012 at 11:55 pm 2 comments

Forgive me for lingering in 18th century Prussia a little longer; I’ll return soon to Englands mountains green, but this is just too charming…

Remember back in the early days of your youth, when you escaped math by doodling in your exercise book? Eyes, swirls, patterns, lips, faces, doodles of a slightly indecent nature and random scribblings were of much more interest than the rule of three and algebra. It was like blogging, in a way.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across the following page of Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s (wife of Frederick Wilhelm of Prussia, she of the maternity gown, dental hygiene kit and cute pink pointed shoes) exercise book from 1789:

Ladies wearing hats! Bewigged gentlemen! Flower baskets! Some things never change – thanks the Gods; it’s those little tidbits which connect the past with the present (she did have a thing for noses, didn’t she…?)

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Oh what big teeth you have, Louise of Prussia! Dental Set, 1810. Great News: The Collingwood Society!

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah Waldock  |  30 August, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful! Wonder what she’d have made of my exercise books full of motorbikes though….

    Reply
  • 2. One More Stitch  |  29 November, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I love these truly personal glimpses of the past. Marginalia in books and on documents, letters and diaries, etc.

    As always, the detail in the clothing, even in these doodles, are wonderful.

    Great find – thanks!

    Reply

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