Some Paintings Mentioned in “The Last Samurai” by Helen DeWitt

Highly recommended, this book has no connection at all to the Tom Cruise film of the same name.  It’s 1000x better.  It’s about a child genius in London. A painting the child sees in the book:

Odysseus Deriding Polyphemus, by J. M. Turner, 1829:

Wikipedia on Turner:

He died in the house of his mistress Sophia Caroline Booth in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea on 19 December 1851. He is said to have uttered the last words “The sun is God” before expiring.

More to come??

(found the image here).

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