Monday, November 17, 2008

1866 Monet painting

Camille or The Woman in a Green Dress (La Femme a la Robe Verete) by Claude Monet

Camille or The Woman in a Green Dress

(La Femme a la Robe Verete)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lord Tennyson

Poet Laureate from `1850 to his death
in 1892, Alfred Lord Tennyson became
a Baron by Queen Victoria.( 1884) Strongly
influenced by the Romantic poets, he
loved imagery.

Alfred Tennyson

Born 6 August 1809(1809-08-06)
Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Died 6 October 1892 (aged 83)
Haslemere, Surrey, England
Occupation Poet laureate

Statue of Lord Tennyson in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Romantic Poets

William Wordsworth

Born 7 April 1770(1770-04-07).
Cockermouth, England, UK

23 April 1850 (aged 80)
Ambleside, England, UK

John Keats

Born 31 October 1795(1795-10-31)
London, England

23 February 1821 (aged 25)
Rome, Papal States

Lord Byron

Born 22 January 1788(1788-01-22)
London, England
Died 19 April 1824 (aged 36)
Messolonghi, Greece

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Born August 4, 1792(1792-08-04)
Horsham, England
Died July 8, 1822 (aged 29)
Livorno, Italy

Thursday, October 23, 2008

William's Sister Dorothy

The Domestic Arrangement

from Dorothy Wordsworth's Journals

Wm went into the wood to alter his poems
writes Dorothy. I shelled peas, gathered beans,
and worked in the garden. This is Grasmere

where she picked and boiled gooseberries,
two lbs. of sugar in the first panfull
while Wm went into the wood to alter his poems

a trip he makes almost daily, composing
the lines she will later copy. Mornings
she works in the garden at Grasmere

which looked so beautiful my heart
almost melted away, she confides
while Wm's in the wood altering his poems.

On one of their daily walks she observes
helpful details of Wm's famed daffodils.
Then it's back to the garden at Grasmere

where she ties up her scarlet runner beans
and pulls a bag of peas for Miss Simpson.
Leave Wm in the wood to alter his poems;
praise Dorothy in the garden at Grasmere.

by Maxine Kumin
From: Still To Mow, 2007


( Joseph) Turner's Morning Lights

Full title: The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her Last Berth to be broken up, 1838


The Grand Canal, Venice (c 1837)

Sun rising through Vapour: Fishermen cleaning and selling Fish before 1807

The Grand Canal, Venice, ca. 1835 Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851)

Dido building Carthage Full title: 'Dido building Carthage, or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire'

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sir Walter Scott and his friends

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Sir Walter Scott and His Literary Friends at Abbotsford, by Thomas Faed

A photographic reproduction of the original, which was painted in 1849 working from pre-existing portraits.

Portrayed from left to right are:

Seated: Thomas Thomson, James Ballantyne, Archibald Constable, Thomas Campbell, Tom Moore, Sir Adam Fergusson, Francis Jeffrey, William Wordsworth, John Gibson Lockhart, George Crabbe, Henry Mackenzie, Scott, and (on footstool) James Hogg.

Standing: Sir Humphrey Davy, Sir David Wilkie, Sir William Allan, Prof. John Wilson.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Edie Ochiltree's Gravestone

The Gravestone of Edie Ochiltree

© Charles Denoon 2003

Edie Ochiltree's Grave, Roxburgh

Things to do in Scottish Borders
in Scotland

Description: This is the grave of Andrew Gemmels, the blue-coat gaberlunzie, who died at the age of 106, and upon whom Sir Walter Scott based his character, Edie Ochiltree in "The Antiquary".
On the gravestone are the words: "Behold the end o' it – The body of the gentleman beggar ANDREW GEMMELS alias EDIE OCHILTREE was interred here who died at Roxburgh Newtown in 1793 aged 106. Erected by W THOMSON farmer Over Roxburgh 1849."
The carving of the stone is unique.


Sir Walter Scott’s Monkbarns

Hospitalfield House

Hospitalfield was originally a plague and leprosy hospice, founded as the Hospital of St. John in the mid-1200s. The present building may contain fragments of the original building (just to the left of the front door) but what we see today dates from the mid-1800s. Sir Walter Scott’s fictional "Monkbarns" from "The Antiquary" was based upon the early nineteenth century Hospitalfield House.

Paintings inspired by The Antiquary

John Henning as "Edie Ochiltree"

Hill & Adamson
Scottish, 1846 - 1847
Salt print
8 1/16 x 6 3/16 in.

Mrs. Cleghorn as Edie Ochiltree & Miss Wardour

ca. 1846

John Henning and Mrs. Cle

Hill & Adamson
Scottish (active 1843-1848)

PUBLISHED TITLE: John Henning as Edie Ochiltree

John Henning as Edie Ochi

Reposition image

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Austen quotes

A fondness for reading must be an education in itself.

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are
often used synonymously. A person may be proud without
being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves;
vanity, to what we would have others think of us."

" "There are certainly not so many men of large fortune
in the world,
as there are pretty women to deserve them."

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not
pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid."

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me
the trouble of liking them a great deal."

"Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong
to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something
is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken."

Evening Prayers of Jane Austen

Three are known today


Jane's Evening Prayers

"Look with mercy on the sins we
have this day committed and in
mercy make us feel them deeply,
that our repentance may be sincere,
and our resolutions steadfast of endeavoring
against the commission of such in future."

Evening Prayer 1 ( excerpt)

The image is one of the side
windows in Christ Church Cathedral,
where both Jane's father George and
brother James were ordained to the deaconate

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jane Austen's resting place

Winchester Cathedral

July 24, 1817, Jane is buried

Cassandra writes to a niece on the day
of the funeral, "I watched the little mournful
procession [Page 258] the length of the street;
and when it turned from my sight and I had
lost her for ever, even then I was not overpowered,
nor so much agitated as I am now in writing of it.
Never was human being more sincerely mourned
by those who attended her remains, than was
this dear creature. May the sorrow with which she is parted with on earth be a prognostic of the joy with which she is hailed in heaven."[1] (Jane Austen :Her Home and Her friends)

But we would remind this writer that "grandeur
depends upon proportion, not size." A recent
critic who maintains that Miss Austen's genius,
in spite of apparently narrow limitations,
had really ample scope, observes: "Ordinary
life was seen by her not dimly and partially
as we see it, but in all its actual vastness,
and it was in this huge field that she worked
with such supreme success. If the 'little
bit of ivory' were only 'two inches wide'
those inches were not of mortal measure.

No! for Ben Jonson has told us that -

"In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be."

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Tour in Abbotsford

Hope you can click on this
to YouTube:

to walk inside Sir Walter
Scott's house:

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Monet and Kandinsky


Vassily Kandinsky viewed Claude Monet's
Haystack paintings in 1891 in Moscow.
He was struck by the color and the fact
that he couldn't tell in some of them
what the painting was of. Monet did a
series of Haystack painting in one day
and different seasons to see how the light
changed. Another series was Rouen
Cathedral. Kandinsky comes to Germany,
teaches at Bauhaus in Munich ( an arch-
itectural school) and has the courage from
Monet to paint color. 20 years later, he
paints Abstract Art.

Painter Wassily Kandinsky. Odessa. Port. 1898

"Odessa. Port"

1898 year
Oil on canvas
65х45 sm

Painter Wassily Kandinsky. Autumn Landscape with Boats. 1908

"Autumn Landscape with Boats"

1908 year
Oil on board
71х96,5 sm
Switzerland. The Merzbacher collection

Painter Wassily Kandinsky. Bright Picture. 1913

"Bright Picture"

1913 year
Oil on canvas
77,8х100,2 sm

Vassily Kandinsky, Composición VII, 1923

Painter Wassily Kandinsky. Painting. Strong. 1929 year

"Strong". 1929 year