Rossetti and the doppelgangers

A topic that I have been interested in for some time is the idea of the doppelgänger. And I’m not the only person to be intrigued by the notion of a mysterious double and what it might mean. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) was fascinated by the possibility of the doppelgänger, the seeing of which is supposedly a presentiment of death. This inspired some of his … Continue reading Rossetti and the doppelgangers

The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”

The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”. A world renown Pre-Raphaelite piece of art – that will take us from Clapham Common to Puerto Rico, but carefully avoiding Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lefty granny. Continue reading The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”

Painting: The Funeral of Shelley (1889)

‘The Funeral of Shelley’ by Louis Édouard Fournier (1889). The Walker Gallery, Liverpool, UK. The painting depicts the funeral of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley on a beach in Tuscany (18 July, 1822). It is said by some that Edward Trelawny plucked Shelley’s carbonised heart from the ashes, but was eventually persuaded to hand it over to Shelley’s widow, Mary – who preserved the … Continue reading Painting: The Funeral of Shelley (1889)

Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

The Day Dream (1880) – By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Victoria & Albert Museum. Readers reading #9 Instead of ‘Readers reading’, perhaps this one ought to be titled ‘Reader forgetting about reading’ – we’ve all done it, one moment reading, the next drifting into a dream. Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator – and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Day Dream … Continue reading Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

Answering the Emigrant's Letter (1850) - By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery.

Painting: Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850)

Readers reading #8 Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850) – By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery. A lovely painting – I have looked at it many times in Manchester City Art Gallery (UK). It leaves my imagination free to wrap many stories around it. Not forgetting the amazing, deep colours. Description: ‘Collinson was one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Although … Continue reading Painting: Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850)

Painting: The Breakfast – inc. thought bubbles

The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. See previous post. Captions as promised – I couldn’t resist it! My apologies to Mr Paxton. Readers reading on Piterest (via The Long Victorian) The ‘Readers reading’ series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017). Readers reading #1. A Girl Reading In … Continue reading Painting: The Breakfast – inc. thought bubbles

The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton

Readers reading #7 The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. I am very tempted to add thought bubbles for each of the subjects in this painting. If you have any suggestions as to what they might be thinking, let me know! Perhaps they are pondering the books that were published that year (1911): Fiction Max Beerbohm – Zuleika Dobson Hilaire Belloc – … Continue reading The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton