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)
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)
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?
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)
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
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
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)