Putting Nebuchadnezzar out to grass since 1837

victorian gentlemen in love

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The banjo makes this.

00203 varones (by varones)

The banjo makes this.


Not every soldier that came home from the war had a lady waiting to kiss him…

This warms my heart. Not Victorian. Don’t care. Beautiful.

This is utterly beautiful.

This is utterly beautiful.

According to Graham Robb’s “Strangers: Homosexual Love in the 19th Century”, “languid” was often used as a code for homosexuality in the Victorian Era.


In ACD’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson constantly describes Holmes as languid- hislanguid, dreamy eyes, how he talks “in his languid fashion,” and how he “lean[s] languidly against the mantlepiece.”

I know that reading homosexual subtext into the original Holmes stories is like shooting fish in a barrel and I’m not really a girl for ‘evidence lists’ anymore. I don’t think Doyle meant them to be gay but that said I sincerely think that Doyle wasn’t as consistent in his characterisation of his detective as we give him credit for, nor one to really care.

Anyway, shooting fish in a barrel is extremely enjoyable. 

Now, I must go and see if Hornung used languid at any point in the Raffles stories. That was a man who knew exactly what he was doing when it came to subtext.

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Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas and Francis Douglas

As I’m drunk, I’m going to refrain from writing what I assume to be a witty and biting subtitle to this picture. No matter, this is lovely. Lovely lovely lovely. Dunno if its pre- or post- Oscar though, as not a big Bosie scholar.

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