Education: The Great Godmother

The enterprising drawing master of Northampton, England hit upon the idea while watching a local horse fair. William Shipley could see that the horse fair had a workable system: its prizes encouraged men to breed better horses, which in turn led to better fairs and back again to better breeding. With that picture in mind. Master Shipley set off for London one day in 1754. His mission: to persuade a group of influential men to apply the horse-fair technique to the encouragement of art and industry.

This week, at a banquet in London's Tallow...

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