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There's an interesting piece in the Guardian by Charles Nicholl, examining John Aubrey's reference to the 'studying chair' in which Jonson liked to work. He shows that Aubrey probably saw it at Robert Wilson's 'tippling-house' in the Strand, named the Ben Jonson's Head, and that it was a 'lipwork' chair, constructed from coils of wheat-straw. For a picture of such a chair, and other fascinating details, see <http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/jul/04/trail-ben-jonson-writing-chair>.
During this summer, researchers working on Jonson's 1618 walk from London to Edinburgh will be staging a digital recreation of his journey. Tweets and posts will follow his route from 8 July to 5 October, on a daily basis, at the following addresses:
Contribution by Martin Butler