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grimwig
136142.  Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:32 pm Reply with quote

Just been reading a nice little US book on the history of trivia and found this (from A million of facts by Sir Richard Phillips published 1830)

'The oldest known painting in England is a portrait of Chaucer, painted in panel about 1390'

Does it still exist?

 
smiley_face
136154.  Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:59 pm Reply with quote

grimwig wrote:
'The oldest known painting in England is a portrait of Chaucer, painted in panel about 1390'


I'm fairly sure that's BS!

 
Flash
136166.  Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:44 pm Reply with quote

I have no idea whether that's true or not, but the citation does make one wonder: what was the first-ever book of trivia? The full title of the one you mention was, apparently:

Quote:
A Million of Facts, Connected with the Studies, Pursuits, and Interests of Mankind. Serving as a Common-Place Book of Useful Reference on All Subjects of Research and Curiosity.


Apart from anything else, it's a curious use of the word 'million', to mean something like 'very big collection'.

 
eggshaped
198011.  Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:38 am Reply with quote

If anyone is able to look at this article on JSTOR, then this query may be solved. It contains the line:

" the oldest picture in England, and almost the oldest portrait in Europe"

http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0038-7134(194704)22%3A2%3C135%3ATPCAOP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-2

 

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