Image of empty art gallery
Art, Books & art, Curiosities, Paintings

A postscript to “Selling public art” – another sell-off

This is a short postscript to the last post, it's not going to be a regular theme. I prefer to focus on the positive, if possible. Another public museum is selling off art to pay the bills. Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts (USA) is selling off 40 of it's most notable paintings, sculptures and drawings -… Continue reading A postscript to “Selling public art” – another sell-off

Image of an empty art gallery
Art, Curiosities

Going, going … GONE! When is it acceptable to sell public art?

Going, going ... GONE! When is it acceptable to sell public art? It's happening more frequently than you might think. There was a time when I had assumed that once a work of art had been gifted or bought by a public art gallery, there it would stay (apart from loans and special exhibitions). Later… Continue reading Going, going … GONE! When is it acceptable to sell public art?

Artist David_Wilkie Painting The_Letter_of_Introduction
Art, Books & art, Life in the Long 19th Century, Paintings, Readers reading

Painting: The Letter of Introduction (1813) by David Wilkie (we’ve all been in this room)

Today is the anniversary of the death of Sir David Wilkie (18 November 1785 – 1 June 1841). A Scottish painter. When I think of Wilkie, I immediately think of the The Letter of Introduction. The Letter of Introduction (1813) Readers reading series #11 The painting was completed in the same year that Jane Austen's… Continue reading Painting: The Letter of Introduction (1813) by David Wilkie (we’ve all been in this room)

Art, Brontë, Charlotte, Brontë, Emily, Collins, Wilkie, Dickinson, Emily, Famous and appreciated … too late, Graphic art, Orwell, George, Pre-Raphaelites, The Woman in White

OTD d. Emily Dickinson – and the benefits of obscurity to a writer

Emily Dickinson - and the benefits of obscurity to a writer Today is the anniversary of the death of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson (10 Dec 1830 – 15 May 1886). Another author from my 'famous and appreciated … too late' series. All quotes in this post are from Emily's writing, unless mentioned otherwise.… Continue reading OTD d. Emily Dickinson – and the benefits of obscurity to a writer

Background 1950s graphic story of the Bronte family
Art, Books & art, Brontë, Anne, Brontë, Charlotte, Brontë, Emily, Graphic art, Writers

Three Sisters of Haworth, the Bronte family in wonderful 1950s graphic art

Three Sisters of Haworth - a graphic story I have two interests that rarely get reflected on this blog. I collect/sell vintage prints (on a small scale) and I'm a fan of the world of speech bubbles (cartoons and graphic art). So I was delighted when my love of these collided with my love of… Continue reading Three Sisters of Haworth, the Bronte family in wonderful 1950s graphic art

Art, Art movements, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, Curiosities, Poe, Edgar Allan, Pre-Raphaelites, Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

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… Continue reading Rossetti and the doppelgangers

Art, Art movements, Baudelaire, Charles, Lloyd Webber, Andrew, Paintings, Pre-Raphaelites, Pygmalion, Shaw, George Bernard

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.

Art, Books & art, Paintings, Shelley, Percy Bysshe, Writers

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… Continue reading Painting: The Funeral of Shelley (1889)

Books & art, Paintings, Pre-Raphaelites, Readers reading

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… 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.
Art, Books & art, Life in the Long 19th Century, Paintings, Readers reading

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… Continue reading Painting: Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850)