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’! Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator – and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Day Dream was his last finished work. Rossetti even wrote a sonnet about this lovely painting: … Continue reading Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Readers reading #8 I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kiss kiss. The ‘Readers reading’ series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017). Readers reading #1. A Girl Reading In A Sailing Boat (1869) By Alfred Corbould. … Continue reading Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

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

Painting: Travelling Companions (1862)

Readers reading #6 The Travelling Companions (1862) – By Augustus Egg (1816 –1863). Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Oil on canvas. 65.3 x 78.7 cm What strikes most people first is that the two young women look almost like a mirror image of each other. There is a post on doppelgängers in Victorian art here. However these women may be sisters, and a doppelgänger would … Continue reading Painting: Travelling Companions (1862)

Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). The Poor Poet. Der Arme Poet.

Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)

Readers reading #5 The Poor Poet (1839) – By Carl Spitzweg (1808 –1885). Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek), Munich, Germany. There’s a man who has the right priorities. Little furniture, but plenty of books. Leaky roof, but no matter as he has an umbrellor. A poet? Not much new quality written that year. For some context – the following were published in 1839: Fiction Honoré de … Continue reading Painting: The Poor Poet (1839)