Category Archives: Witchcraft

Scandinavian Noir

Long before subtitled Danish drama reached these shores*, Douce was already championing Scandinavian story-telling of a different sort, as transcribed by his friend the Danish scholar and antiquary Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin (1752-1829). On 28 April 1819, Douce wrote in his … Continue reading

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Witches and goblins

Witchcraft is an important theme in Douce’s collection of prints and drawings. It has not been difficult, therefore, to find a few appropriate prints among his many images of witches, diableries, ghosts and goblins to celebrate Halloween: This etching, which … Continue reading

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Magic and music

Music is a subject often mentioned in Francis Douce’s correspondence. He was a keen amateur, interested in both contemporary music and the technical development of musical instruments throughout the centuries. A vast amount of images of different types of drums, … Continue reading

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