Jones House (1897) Calvert Texas by Robert Holler Via Flickr: Parish House Bed and Breakfast (also known as the Jones House) was built in 1897 by Lee Henderson Parish, a former Confederate soldier who became a prominent cotton merchant and banker in Calvert Texas.
The Jones House has appeared in several publications as illustrative of the Queen Anne style. The chimney which surrounds the large plate glass window on the south elevation has been treated as the outstanding feature of this late nineteen century, 2 ½ story residence. The irregular plan and massing and the variety of color and materials are exemplary of the Queen Anne style and are employed here to develop a visual richness. Typical of many nineteenth century residences, the plans for this house were ordered from a magazine.
The Koh-i-Noor diamond was one of the most popular attractions at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Entrance fees varied at the Exhibition, with tickets on Monday to Thursday costing 1 shilling, and Friday and Saturday costing 5. On cheaper days the diamond was displayed in the main transept of the Crystal Palace in a giant birdcage-like case, with only the sun to light it. On Fridays and Saturdays a red cloth tent was set up around the case and the diamond had specially placed gaslamps directed at it to try to set it off to best effect.
However, at this point the diamond’s cut was less than perfect and contained several flaws so these efforts did not achieve the sparkling effect the organisers wanted. Visitors were said to be disappointed at the sight of the diamond, which they likened to an egg-shaped lump of glass. Despite this, millions of people still flocked to see it and on all days it was guarded by a policeman and positioned on a special machine which, if touched at all, would cause the diamond to drop into a iron box.
‘Dinner in the Iguanodon’ lithograph from the London Illustrated News 1854. When the Great Exhibition of 1851 ended, it was decided that the Crystal Palace which had housed it should be moved to a new site. The structure was rebuilt in a park at Sydenham in south London. The park was renovated and filled with new attractions including the ‘Dinosaur Court’, a collection of over 30 concrete statues of dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, which are still present today.
These statues were the first in the world to depict dinosaurs as they may have looked when they were alive (subsequent discoveries have proven that many are wildly anatomically inaccurate). This momentous achievement was celebrated with a banquet which took place in the park on New Year’s Eve 1853. It was attended by 21 people including the sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, geologists, paleontologists, and journalists.
The 8 course meal was served at a table placed inside the mould of one of the iguanodons. A tent was set up around the creature (complete with chandelier) and, because of the statue’s height, a special stage was erected to allow the diners and waiters access. Discussion centred on the latest scientific discoveries, though by contemporary accounts the evening became more boisterous as time went on and the proceedings lasted well past midnight.
Decorative shield with crossed swords, featuring actual weapons! The sword on the left is a 19th C. Indian tulwar, the sword on the right is a British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword, and the shield is an Indian dhal, also probably 19th C.
Sergeant William Russell (Service Nº 2038) of 7th Company, Capt. Field’s 5th Battalion of the Royal Artillery during the Crimean War. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Woolwich Barracks to welcome the Royal Artillery home from the Crimea and after their visit commissioned a series of portraits of the men from the photographers Joseph Cundall and Robert W Howlett. 1856.