Saturday, March 20, 2010

OUTLANDER Links, Part 9: Historical Events

Here are some paintings and other images showing events depicted in the OUTLANDER and Lord John books.

"Death of Brig-General Simon Fraser Ygr of Balnain (1729-1777)" by Benjamin West. I found the image below on the Clan Fraser of Canada site. (Click on the picture to see a full-size view.) Can't you just imagine Jamie kneeling by the General's bedside, with Claire nearby and William hovering somewhere in the background?



"The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn", by William Hogarth (1747). Whenever I read the part in BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE where Lord John encounters the mob at Tyburn, I think of this famous engraving. The amount of detail in it is just amazing. (Again, click on the picture to see what I mean.) Whether it's a representation of a real or fictional hanging at Tyburn, it certainly gives a very vivid impression of what it must have been like!



"French Fireships Attacking the English Fleet off Quebec" (painting by Dominic Serres, the Elder, 1767). This incident is portrayed in Diana Gabaldon's new Lord John story, "The Custom of the Army".



An antique postcard depicting the Citadel of Quebec and the Plains of Abraham, with a view of the famous cliff. There's a lot more about this incident in "The Custom of the Army".



And finally, here is a photo I found on webshots.com which shows the Leannach farmhouse, near Culloden, where Jamie waited with the other officers who had survived the battle.

Old Leanach Cottage

If you find these links interesting, check out my previous "OUTLANDER Links" blog entries:

OUTLANDER Links, Part 14: 18th Century Clothing

OUTLANDER Links, Part 13: Plants and Herbs

OUTLANDER Links, Part 12: Standing Stones

OUTLANDER Links, Part 11: Science and Technology

OUTLANDER Links, Part 10: Weaponry

OUTLANDER Links, Part 8: 18th Century Medicine

OUTLANDER Links, Part VII: Gemstones

OUTLANDER Links, Part VI: Wildlife

OUTLANDER Links, Part V: Castles and Palaces

OUTLANDER Links, Part IV: Native Americans

OUTLANDER Links, Part III: All Things Scottish

OUTLANDER Links, Part II: Colonial North Carolina

OUTLANDER Links, Part I: Culloden

What Do These Things Look Like?

1 comment:

Hélène Boudreau said...

Popping over from the forum. That citadel picture reminds me of the Halifax Citadel, also in Canada. Great content, Karen. Your blog is great!