Ophelia by Millais (1851-2)

by Jessica Turner Christine Riding suggests that, ‘throughout the nineteenth century Ophelia was a favoured literary figure and preferred Shakespearean heroine’.[1] Ophelia, a Shakespearean character in the play Hamlet, was painted by many artists, such as John Everett Millais’s 1852 work. Kaara Peterson notes that Millais’s Ophelia ‘became the most famously reproduced work illustrating Shakespeare’s…

An 1838 Marriage Certificate

by Amy Potter   The Marriage Act of 1836 was an Act of Parliament that for the first time made the government responsible for keeping a lawful and official record of all the Births, Marriages and Deaths in England.[1] The following year – during which time King William IV had died and Victoria had succeeded…