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