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date: 06 Dec
The Death of Anthony Trollope     -  6th December 1882  -     From a childhood that was unhappy, uncertain, in terms of a stable home, and socially awkward to a career in the Civil Service that was, in many ways, unimpressive by his own admission,...
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  • 19th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Biography
  • This week in history
date: 30 Nov
The Death of Oscar Wilde   -  30th November 1900  -     “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.”   These were reportedly the last words of Oscar Wilder before he died of meningitis in a seedy Paris...
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  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • This week in history
  • Victorians
date: 30 Sep
The First Performance of the Magic Flute      - Vienna, September 30th 1791 -    The music critic Neville Cardus wrote that The Magic Flute is, “the only one in existence that might conceivably have been composed by God.” Beethoven considered the...
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  • 18th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Music
  • This week in history
date: 05 Sep
The Unveiling of Michelangelo’s David    - 8th September 1504 -    The Italian Renaissance painter and architect Giorgio Vasari said that once you had seen Michelangelo’s David there was no point in ever seeing another sculpture – such was its...
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  • 16th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Classical Art
  • Sculpture
  • This week in history
date: 02 Sep
2nd September 1973   - The Death of JRR Tolkien -    The Hobbit, the unexpected bestseller and cult novel, written by JRR Tolkien was never intended for publication. It stemmed from the mundane beginnings of marking exam scripts. A student had left...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Biography
  • This week in history