Sunflowers in 19th Century Art & Prose

Arguably best known for his sunflowers, there was one Vincent van Gogh thought better.

That painter was Claude Monet.

In a letter to his brother, van Gogh wrote: “[Paul] Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but – he likes mine better. I don’t agree.”

Will you? For many Victorian artist captured the blooms to canvas and each is as unique as the flowers themselves.

25 Victorian Love Quotes To Make You Swoon

Love was in the era.

It was a period of grand gestures. There, the etiquette of flirtation was cultivated and scandalously abandoned.

Romance lived on the pages of love letters from Prince Albert to the chapters of timeless novels by the Brontë sisters. Their words still elicit excitement, reflection, joy, hope, and love.

Without further ado, here are twenty-five Victorian love quotes to steal your breath away. . .

You’ll Never Guess How Long Victorians Spent Stitching Crazy Quilts

The term “Crazy Quilt” refers to a type of patchwork quilt that was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But it could also credit those who attempted the stitchery.

In 1884, Harper’s Bazaar estimated that a full-sized quilt might take 1,500 hours to complete! If a Victorian sewed 8 hours per day, the masterpiece would be complete in 187 days. Otherwise measured as 26 weeks or half a year.

Fashioned from irregularly shaped pieces of fabric in a variety of exotic materials, Crazy quilts were especially trendy among urban, upper-class Victorian women. And this is why. . .

10 Victorian Slang Words & Phrases for Your Daily Vocabulary

How do you do?

From greetings to farewells, the English vernacular has altered a great deal since the days of Queen Victoria. Many words and phrases have faded from daily vocabulary. However, MentalFloss proposes there are 56 delightful Victorian slang terms you should be using today.

To improve upon your Victorian language, review the list of slang below!

Best Victorian Home-Keeper Practices For The Modern Woman

Debutantes did not do dishes.

They were taught piano and guided in the art of flirtation. However, once married, they realized their inadequacies. How, in fact, did one manage a household?

“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” became an acclaimed necessity, answering all of their questions.

And her insight holds to this day.