Author: Hannah Newton

Making and Consuming Perfume in Eighteenth-Century England

Dr William Tullett asks why manuscript recipes for perfumes were on the decline in the eighteenth century, and investigates the role of the senses in perfume making. A survey of the vast collection in the Wellcome library suggests that the presence of perfumery in manuscript recipe books slowly declined during the…

Bitter as Gall or Sickly Sweet? The Taste of Medicine in Early Modern England

Adriaen Brower’s The Bitter Potion (1640) reminds me of the reaction of my three-year-old niece to the taste of a sprout at Christmas! The man’s face is contorted in an expression of deep revulsion to the bitter medicine. The image seems to confirm Roy Porter’s generalisation that ‘pre-modern medicine tasted…