Custer’s Defeat at Little Bighorn

The Little Bighorn Battlefield, Lodge Grass, Montana / Photo by Acroterion, Wikimedia Commons The battle is also known as “Custer’s Last Stand” and the “Battle of the Greasy Grass.” Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 11.12.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Background Overview The ‘Battle of the Little Bighorn’ was one of the most famous battles[…]

‘Charge of the Light Brigade’: The Defeat of Lord Rogan at Balaklava

1904 reunion of survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade / Wikimedia Commons A misinterpreted order, near slaughter, and casting blame. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 11.12.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Prelude to the Charge Introduction The Battle of Balaklava is remembered primarily for the Charge of the Light Brigade. However, there were other[…]

Drawing the Human Animal

Charles Le Brun, The relation between the human physiognomy and that of the brute creation / Wellcome Collection While the ‘science’ of physiognomy defined character by physical characteristics, a series of extraordinary 17th-century drawings goes a step further. Melding animal and human features, what do these images have to say about our hidden inclinations? By Allison[…]

17th-Century Artistic Attempts to Imagine ‘Perfect’ Animal Forms before ‘the Fall’

Crispin van de Passe’s perfect elephant as featured in his ‘t Light der teken en schilderkonst (1643) / Internet Archive Does each species have an optimal form? An ideal beauty that existed prior to the Fall? And if so could this be recreated on both paper and in life? These were questions that concerned both artists and[…]