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Mrs. Hurst Dancing: And Other Scenes from Regency Life, 1812-23 Hardcover – 1 Oct 1981

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575030356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575030350
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Di Sperling was an amateur artist of considerable skill. Her paintings are a delight. In a charmingly informal manner, she depicts the daily events in the lives of her family and friends: donkey races, riding parties, acting charades, hanging wallpaper. Diana also had a wicked sense of humour, an unerring eye for someone else's bad luck, and if her sister Isabella rolled from her donkey (which she frequently did) or brother Harry tumbled off his colt, this too was recorded with hilarious accuracy.
Diana's paintings have a wonderful freshness, a humour, a sense of fun and sheer joie de vivre, but they also form a unique social document. They show us the way Jane Austen's characters would have lived and they bring to us, over a space of 160 years, a glimpse of country life in Regency England.
The seventy pictures reproduced here were painted by Diana Sperling between the years 1812 and 1823. Diana or Di as she was known in the family was born in 1791 and until her marriage in about 1834 she lived with her parents, brothers and sister at Dynes Hall near Halstead in Essex. Many young ladies could boast of drawing as an accomplishment, but unlike most of them.

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The sketches in this book were done between 1812-1823, and give a fascinating picture of Regency life. Diana and her sisters seem to have led very vigorous lives, and to have had far more variety of occupations than you get in, say,the novels of Jane Austen. In this book you see young ladies riding donkeys, riding horses, digging up plants in the garden, fishing, bathing in the river, and doing all sorts of things. One of my favourite pictures shows the sisters trying to geta horse up a steep embankment, one is pulling on the reins, the other two are pushing from behind. Another one shows them getting stuck in the mud while walking to a dinner party, in another you see them experimenting with electricity. Diana Sperling had a very distinctive style of drawing, with spindly figures and a wonderful eye for humorous detail. This book should fascinate anyone who is at all interested in the Regency period. A real gem of a book.
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When I saw this book on sale for 1p plus modest postage I thought that it was too good to be true, but it arrived almost by return of post in very good condition. So pleased that I did not buy it for nearly £20.00 from another website!
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great fun
Ienjoyed Mrs Hurst dancing very much and will show it to my friends who i am sure will enjoy looking at it
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Excellent condition
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Nothing to fault.
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