L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i



Friday, June 22, 2018

Twelve miniature portraits of the Zubov / Suvorov family, unknown artists, late eighteenth - early nineteenth centuries


The various artists are unknown.

These twelve miniatures represent various members of the family of Count Nikolai Zubov (1763-1805) and his wife, Natalia Zubova, née Suvorova (1775-1844). Alexander Suvorov was one of the greatest military leaders in Russian history; Nikolai Zubov served under him and married his only daughter, Natalia. Both families benefited when, at only twenty-two, Nikolai's younger brother Platon became the final favorite of Catherine the Great and, contrary to expectation, instead of being a passing fancy of the aged monarch, soon found himself the most powerful man in Russia; he was made a prince, and his brothers, counts. Catherine's death in 1796 meant exile for both Platon and Nikolai. Platon would die in exile, but Nikolai returned to Russia five years later as one of the conspirators in the murder of Emperor Paul. He survived the tsar by just four years, dying at the age of only forty-two.

General Alexander Suvorov (1730-1800) and his wife, Varvara Suvorova, née Prozorovskaia (1750-1806), parents of Natalia Zubova.
Presumably Avdotya Suvorova, née Manukova (?-circa 1740), and Vasily Suvorov (1705-1775), parents of Alexander Suvorov.
Arkady Suvorov (1780-1811), son of Alexander Suvorov, brother of Natalia Zubova.
Count Nikolai Zubov (1763-1805), husband of Natalia Zubova, née Suvorova.
Natalia Zubova, née Suvorova (1775-1844), daughter of Alexander Suvorov, wife of Count Nikolai Zubov, sister of Arkady Suvorov.
Prince Platon Zubov (1767-1822), brother of Count Nikolai Zubov and - famously - the last favourite of Catherine II.
Presumably the sons of Count Nikolai Zubov and Natalia Zubova: Alexander (1797-1875), Platon (1798-1855)... 
... And Valerian (1804-1857). Count Alexander Zubov (1727-1795), father of Nikolai and Platon Zubov.



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ladies of leisure, at leisure - a selection of paintings by Sir John Lavery


Mrs. Osler, Cap d'Antibes, 1929.
Lady Astor playing golf at North Berwick, 1921.
The Green Sofa (Mary Auras), 1903.
My Studio Door, Tangier, 1920.
Lady in Red (Mrs. Owen Barton Jones), 1924.
The Hall of Argyll House, Chelsea, London - with Syrie Maugham and Sibyl Colefax, 1930.
Miss Rosemary Hope-Vere and Bacchus, 1929.
Bacchus!
Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, 1931. (Study for "Their Majesties' Court, Buckingham Palace", now lost.)
Madame Leo d'Erlanger, 1931. (Study for "Their Majesties' Court, Buckingham Palace", now lost.)
The Red Hat (Lady Lavery, the artist's wife, in a Mayfair Drawing Room), 1925.
In Morocco, 1913.
Lady Lavery, 1922.
Mary Borden and her family at Bisham Abbey, 1925.
Cynthia Zur Nedden, 1931.
A Lady in Black (Jean Ainsworth, Viscountess Massereene and Ferrard), 1917.
Cap d'Ail, 1921.
A Fair Spaniard (Mrs. Gerard Chowne), 1909.
The Spanish Hat (Mrs. Gerard Chowne), 1909.
Mrs. Rosen's Bedroom, 1926.
Alice on Sultan, Tangier, 1913.
Viscountess Wimborne, 1937.
Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs, 1938.
Miss Diana Dickinson, the artist's granddaughter, 1934.



Friday, June 15, 2018

Edgar Henry Garland - "The Elusive Garland" in and out of uniform



Edgar Henry Garland (1895, Wellington, New Zealand - 4 May 1973), New Zealand soldier in World War I. He trained at the New Zealand Flying School at Kohimarama, Auckland in 1916. He later made twenty-four flights over the German lines before being shot down. He made a forced landing in Ostend on 22 August 1917 and was interned at the infamous Holzminden prisoner-of-war camp, a camp reserved for British and British Empire officers. From Holzminden, he participated in the largest POW escape of the war - the first "Great Escape" - in July of 1918; twenty-nine officers escaped, but only ten made it out of Germany and, eventually, to Britain. Flight-Lieutenant Garland was recaptured but went on to make a total of eight escape attempts; it appears he was regarded by the German War Office as one of the most cunning - and slippery - of the British officers. And at the end of the war his exploits were much written about, earning him the nickname "The Elusive Garland".

All photographs by S. P. Andrew Ltd. of Wellington, 1916. All of these photographs were taken before he left for duty in Europe.

So the question is: what was the reason for the two nude poses? All the images were taken by the same photographer, right around the same time. But for what purpose is he naked...?

Lieutenant Garland is at right; the other men are unidentified.



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Noir perfection - Lizabeth Scott in publicity for "Dead Reckoning", 1947



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Noir Lesson #378: If your character double crosses Bogart - even if you're the "love interest" - chances are it won't end well.


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