Artist David_Wilkie Painting The_Letter_of_Introduction

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 novel Pride and Prejudice was published (see below). And, to … Continue reading Painting: The Letter of Introduction (1813) by David Wilkie (we’ve all been in this room)

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. If I read a book and it makes my whole … Continue reading OTD d. Emily Dickinson – and the benefits of obscurity to a writer

Background 1950s graphic story of the Bronte family

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 things Victorian and I got my hands on a 1950s … Continue reading Three Sisters of Haworth, the Bronte family in wonderful 1950s graphic art

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)