Stars of the National Portrait Gallery, London

Mrs. Simpson, who caused so much trouble, by Gerald Brockhurst.

Winifred Radford by Meredith Frampton.

She became a specialist in French mélodie

Ken Dodd:

Ayuba Suleimain Diallo (Job ben Solomon)

Recognized as a deeply pious and educated man, in England Diallo mixed with high and intellectual society, was introduced at Court and was bought out of slavery by public appeal

Joseph Collet

was away in China so long he had Amoy Chinqua make a statue of him out of clay to send home.

Here we have Margaret “Peg” Woffington:

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says the caption on her:

she was known for her bitter rivalries with other actresses (she stabbed Mrs. Bellamy during a performance)

The winner though is Daniel Lambert as painted by Benjamin Marshall:

Welp time to look for lunch!


The Generals, John Singer Sargent, 1922

“I just don’t get it guys, why do we keep losing?”

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Source and appropriate epic size, it’s at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Said Sargent, while working on it:

the Generals loom before me like a nightmare… I curse God and man for having weakly said I would do them, for I have no ideas about it and I foresee a horrible failure

 

 


Hunters In The Snow

Always thought this picture was cool but only just learned it was one of a series of six (or maybe twelve?).  Five survive.

Hunters in the Snow shows December-January.

The Gloomy Day shows February or March.

Here one is missing?

Hay Harvest shows June / July.

The Harvesters is for August / September.

Return of the Herd shows October / November.

Michael Frayn, in his novel Headlong, imagines a lost panel from the 1565 Months series resurfacing unrecognised, which triggers a mad conflict between an art (and money) lover and the boor who possesses it. Much thought is spent on Bruegel’s secret motives for painting it.

Cool.


Symbology

I’d like to ask Dr. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of Symbology, about some of the things going on in this local street art.


How much do you think this shitty painting by JFK sold for?

relevant to our discussion of George W. paintings.

You can find out the answer here at ArtNet in a piece by Sarah Cascone.


What An Unbranded Cow Has Cost

Shoutout to jrdfrnk on Instagram, whom I don’t know I don’t think, but whom put some closeups of this painting on his Instastory:

a different coloration in the Wikiart version?

reminding me to take more looks at Frederic Remington

How cool was Frederic Remington?

The Scream Of Shrapnel on San Juan Hill:

The guy’s first sculpture was this:


The Revolution eats its children

[Jaques Mallet du Pan] is known for coining the adage “like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children,” which originally appeared as “A l’exemple de Saturne, la révolution dévore ses enfants” in his widely circulated 1793 essay Considérations sur la nature de la Révolution de France, et sur les causes qui en prolongent la durée.

Goya’s painting above.  Wikipedia tells me Goya had this painting in his dining room.

Rubens on same theme: