Sunday, 18 October 2009
Leonard Speyer, 1907. Mr Speyer was an American poet and violinist. Although some musical training was considered desirable and appealing in well-bred males, it was unusual for a man to perform professionally.
After John Singer Sargent.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Drawing of an adolescent girl, 1840s.
Girls in Victorian times could explore many interests. When they were old enough, they were sent away to boarding schools such as Eton or Rugy. Later girls could attend university, begin apprenticeships or even embark on seafaring adventures.
Boys’ education was taken much less seriously, and they had far fewer opportunities. Kept at home, they were taught good manners, sewing, singing and dancing. Boys were expected to dress prettily, be charming hosts, and take on purely domestic interests and responsibilities.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Lady Karen Digby was a seventeenth century English courtier, diplomat and philosopher. Considered to be the ‘the most accomplished cavalier of her time’, she was sent by Charlotte I to ask for the Pope’s help in the English Civil War. In this portrait of c.1640 she is depicted in her armour and wielding a baton of military command.
Photomanipulation after Van Dyck.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Count Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff, 1859. Twenty-four years old when this portrait was painted, the count was the husband of Alexandra Nikolaevna Lamsdorff, an aristocrat and powerful figure in the Russian court. The book in the young count’s lap is of English poetry. He is wearing a fashionable day dress of the time.
Digital painting after Winterhalter.