Privacy Policy

Detail from ‘Crispin and Scapin’ (1864) by Honoré Daumier
Detail from ‘Crispin et Scapin’ (1864) by Honoré Daumier.

About this website is administered and written by Benjamin Campbell. Other domain names which resolve to this website are: / /

Registration, contact, and comment forms

When visitors register as subscribers to this website, or submit data using contact or comment forms the information submitted in the forms, and the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string are collected to help spam detection. Form submissions on this site are pro­tect­ed by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to this website may be able to download and extract any location data from uploaded images.


If you leave a comment on this website you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit this website’s login page, a temporary cookie will be set to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, several cookies are set to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select ‘Remember Me’, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

If the cookie policy is unacceptable to you, and you wish to continue to use this website, your remedy is to block cookies for and the other domain names, listed above, which resolve to the server where this website is hosted.

Embedded content from other websites and servers

Some articles on this website include embedded content including videos, images and text. Embedded content from other websites behaves in exactly the same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

This website uses fonts from the Adobe Fonts service. When you access pages here your browser will automatically load the required fonts directly from Adobe’s servers to display them. This means your browser will establish a connection with Adobe’s servers, and the IP address used to access this website will be passed to those servers. Adobe may also install cookies on your device as part of the Adobe Fonts service. Adobe Fonts Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy apply.

Who your data is shared with

Excepting the terms above, your data will not be shared with any third party. If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the auto­mated reset email issued by the server on which this website is hosted. Such emails will be sent using standard email protocols.

How long your data is retained

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so that follow-up comments can be recognised and approved automatically rather than holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on this website (if any), the personal information they provide is stored in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). This website’s administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this website, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided. Any personal data held about you that you request to be removed will be erased. This does not include any data which must be kept for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Contact details

The administrator of this website can be contacted using the contact form.

Document history. 1 February 2022: privacy policy published / 28 April 2022: inclusion of Google reCAPTCHA privacy policy and terms of service.