The Tinder King

It’s 1539.  Henry VIII is 48 years old and single.  Wife 1 didn’t work out, Wife 2 got beheaded, Wife 3 died.  The Hunt For Wife 4 is on:

King Henry VIII of England was considering a royal marriage with Cleves, so following negotiations with the duchy, Hans Holbein the Younger, Henry’s court painter, was dispatched to paint Amalia and Anne, both of whom were possible candidates, for the freshly widowed king in August 1539.[2] After seeing both paintings, Henry chose Anne.

Anne:

There is a tradition that Holbein’s portrait flattered Anne, derived from the testimony of Sir Anthony Browne.

Is this Amalia?:

Wikipedia says so but the Royal Collection won’t admit it.

When he met Anne in person Henry was bummed:

succinctly put in:

 


Beloved Woman of Justice

Cool statue I came upon in Knoxville, TN a few months back.  


The Hockney thing at LACMA

is cool.  Eighty-two portraits in one room, creates a neat effect.  Worth a visit if you’re in the area. 


Stars of the National Gallery of Ireland

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“Pwease Adam?  One bite?  You’ll like it I promise!”

The Temptation of Adam, by James Barry.

Look grandfather, I am but a nymph!

Lady Caroline Crichton and her grandpa?

 

Gareth Reid, Graham Norton (from Gareth Reid’s website)

In 1992, Norton’s stand-up comedy drag act as a tea-towel clad Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe made the press when Scottish Television’s religious affairs department mistakenly thought he represented the real Mother Teresa.

This one by Paul Henry, A Connemara Village, is under some serious copyright I guess.

Robert Ballagh’s portrait of Neil Brown “communicates the resolute character for which he was known.”  I’ll say!  Copyright plus reproductions don’t do it justice.  Worth seeing if you’re in Dublin.

Also good:

John Kindness, Gay Byrne

The Liffey Swim by Jack Yeats (W. B’s brother) won Ireland’s first Olympic medal, a silver in 1924 in the category Painting.  (Jean Jacoby took gold).

 

 


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.