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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Painted rough, painted smooth - ten portraits of men

Self-portrait by Jérôme-Martin Langlois, circa 1830.
Bonsha Gopal Nandi, by Benjamin Hudson, circa 1854-62.
Roundell Cecil Palmer, Viscount Wolmer, later 3rd Earl of Selborne, by Philip de László, 1916.
Frederik VI of Denmark as Crown Prince Regent, by Jens Juel, 1787.
Bon Vivant (self-portrait), by Miroslav Kraljević, 1912.
Portrait of a Young Man, by Bronzino, circa 1550-55.
Fiatal Fiú (Young Man), by Gyula Benczúr, circa 1880s. 
Victor Gay, by Alexandre Laemlein, 1845.
Jean Cocteau, by Jacques-Émile Blanche, 1912.
Portrait of a Young Man, by Robert-Jacques-François-Faust Lefèvre, circa 1805.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A lady and her harp

Madame Victoire [Marie Louise Thérèse Victoire de France, daughter of Louis XV] Playing the Harp, by Étienne Aubry, 1773.
 The marquise de Chamillard (?), by Firmin Massot, 1810.
A Young Lady Playing the Harp, by Jan Tilius, circa 1680s.
Louisa, Lady Clarges, by Thomas Gainsborough, circa 1780.
Kitty Stephens, later Countess of Essex, by George Henry Harlow, circa 1815-20.
Lady Frances Pelham-Clinton née Seymour-Conway, Countess of Lincoln, by William Hoare, circa 1775-78.
Portrait of a Young Lady Playing a Harp (miniature), French School, circa 1770-75.
María de los Dolores Collado y Echagüe, duquesa de Bailén, by Vicente Palmaroli y González, circa 1866-69.
St. Cecilia (Mrs. Richard Crowninshield Derby), by John Singleton Copley, 1803.
Cover for Vogue magazine, by A. É. (André Édouard) Marty, 1926.
Sarah Curran Playing the Harp, by William Beechey, circa 1805.
Elizabeth, Lady Craven, later margravine of Anspach, by Thomas Beach, 177(6?).
The Harpist (Florence Griswold), by Alphonse Jongers, 1903.
Marianne Dorothy Harland, later Mrs. William Dalrymple, by Richard Cosway, 1779.


It should be mentioned that some ladies appreciate just a bit more freedom of movement whilst engaging with their instrument.

Venus Playing the Harp (Allegory of Music), by Giovanni Lanfranco, circa 1630-34.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The extended Orléans family gathered in England for the funeral of Marie-Amélie, former Queen of the French

"La nombreuse famille des Orléans réunie en Grande Bretagne lors des funérailles de l'ex-reine des français, SAR la princesse Marie-Amélie de Bourbon et des Deux Siciles."

Queen Marie-Amélie died at Claremont House in Surrey on 24 March 1866. She was eighty-three years old, having outlived her husband Louis Philippe by sixteen years, and having lived in exile for nearly twenty. Clarement House had been lent to the deposed royal couple by Queen Victoria, and in this photograph Marie-Amélie's surviving children, grandchildren, and other members of the extended Orléans family are to be seen gathered on the grounds there. After the funeral ceremonies, the Queen's coffin would rest in the cemetery chapel at nearby Weybridge along with that of her husband and other members of the family who had died in exile. It was not until ten years later that their remains were allowed to be returned to France, where they now reside in the Orléans mausoleum at Dreux.

Illustrations of the Queen's lying-in-state and her funeral procession.


Click to see the full, unreduced panoramic image.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Une beauté héroïque et pervers - Jean Marais

Photograph by Raymond Voinquel, 1938.
Photograph by Raymond Voinquel, 1938.
Photograph by Raymond Voinquel, 1938.