Welsh Costume

I just had to share. Since the Ladies of Llangollen are quintessentially tied to their adopted country of WALES, coming across a site that discusses Welsh Costume wouldn’t be out of place here.

Welsh costume doll

This is one of the dolls in a lengthy and nicely-illustrated entry about “Welsh costume dolls skirts“. Of interest is the discussion of fabrics – and you can see from the above that the COLORS are often spectacular, considering the age of the some of the dolls.

A “companion” site, by the same author, is Michael Freeman’s Early Tourists in Wales. Some of Michael’s VAST research can be found here, on the Ladies of Llangollen site, under the pages “A Plas Newydd Timeline“. Listed chronologically (by month), you’ll find various comments and “meetings” with the Ladies, from the 1780s and beyond their lifetimes. I have fallen down on the job; I know Michael has sent more information than I’ve posted thus far. Mea culpa!

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Glamorgan Pottery: Llangollen Plate

Author Norena Shopland – whose book Forbidden Lives: LGBT Histories from Wales is due out on 17 October 2017 (available for pre-order from Seren Books) – alerted me to an article she posted on a certain piece of Glamorgan pottery produced in the early 19th century.

The plate is in the collection of the Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museum Wales. Look closely and you see our two Ladies! click on the photo to read Norena’s article, “The Story of a Plate.”

Ladies Plate

Detail of blue plate showing an illustration of Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler © Norena Shopland

2013: Two Poems @ Bonhams

poem Lady Eleanor

A mystery ‘CH’ affirms that the poem was written by Lady Eleanor Butler of Llangollen. This, one of two poems (the other showing Sarah Ponsonby’s handwriting, though not of her composition), was sold at auction in 2013.

Here’s the catalogue description:

TWO AUTOGRAPH POEMS, one by Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739-1829), the other written but apparently not composed by Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832), both identified as being in their respective handwritings by ‘CH’, both being on very small, delicate and neat hands; Lady Butler’s poem ‘On the New Year’, 12 lines, beginning ‘Thus oft, when Youth has fled, when health decays…’, 1 page, small folio; Sarah Ponsonby’s poem, addressed to Diana, 36 lines in five stanzas, beginning ‘Since thou and the stars, my dear Goddess desire…’, inscribed ‘Written but no[t] composed by Miss Ponsonby of Llangollen’, 2 pages, small folio, the paper from the same stock, formerly pinned together

If anyone has information about what happened to these after the sale, or who “CH” turned out to be – do say!


An interesting, more recent, auction concerned articles in the library of Elizabeth Greenly (1771-1839) [see page 83 of the PDF]. She kept DIARIES from 1784  until before her death – though evidently “edited” them during her lifetime. Two volumes once owned by her came from the library of SARAH and ELEANOR!

Dinas Bran, by A. Rushout

Although it is NOT a drawing of dear Plas Newydd, it does prove that a visit occurred at some point between 1824 and 1832:

B1977.14.9576

by Anne Rushout. Yale Center for British Art has MANY images of Anne’s work, including other pictures from Wales. I think you will have FUN looking through them all, if you click on the ‘creator’ link near the top of the page.

Anne displays a somewhat ‘naive’ quality, but the scenes are vibrant when she includes what _we_ would rarely see, like this regatta of ships!

You can find further ‘RUSHOUT’ items, by clicking on the ‘search’ link and typing RUSHOUT in the box beside ‘creator’.

 

Happy 2016!

It is New Year’s Day, 2016. Best wishes to all Ladies of Llangollen readers!

Looking for something totally different, I came across Michael Freeman’s site about Wales & Welsh Travellers. It’s a Wordpress blog (called sublimewales)!

early tourists_wales

I was especially happy to find the page entitled Women Tourists, which made me look up the book Fragments in Prose & Verse by Miss Elizabeth Smith [no relation to the Smiths of Suttons; at least I doubt it…]

elizabeth smith

Miss Smith, at the very least, documented a visit with the Ladies of Llangollen in 1796 (she was in the Llangollen neighborhood in 1798, but they did not stop there). I’ve quickly put in the two quotes on the PLAS NEWYDD TIMELINE(s) for those years.

One early volume (1809), in inimitable books.google fashion, had pages missing; but of an 1811 volume – in TWO volumes, I find copies of volume I (different version; 1824 edition) and will link the 1809 Memoir of Klopstock (vol. II), which I hope is intact. Henrietta Maria Bowdler is the editor. She gives a TANTALIZING picture of “letters that used to be” when writing that Miss Smith had written a letter about her visit to the Ladies (in 1796) which was destroyed. A great loss, indeed!

For readers interested in “historical” travel to Wales, your New Year’s Resolution MUST include some of the books and/or manuscripts noted on Michael’s website.

 

A Glimpse of Things to Come

A blog-reader has promised us an enticing new feature: a bit of a travelogue experience about moving in the steps of Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler, The Ladies of Llangollen. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if the “Lollies and Trollies” turn up too…

Steps in Plas Newydd grounds

 

Happy September!

Have been doing a little housekeeping, catching up on the “visitors” to Llangollen. So check out some new entries for the PLAS NEWYDD TIMELINE during the years:

The weather is lovely, the walks of Llangollen beckon… Come, join the Ladies!

Plas Newydd grounds with figures

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