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Saturday
Jul202013

Spanish Boys Playing at Bull-Fighting

 

"Spanish Boys Playing at Bull-Fighting

Oil on Canvas - 1861 (Incomplete)

John Phillip

"A neighbour of mine refuses to let her boy play with "militaristic" toys. So when a friend gave the l'il tyke a plastic sword and shield, mom mulled it over and then took away the former and allowed him to keep the latter. And for a while, on my drive down to town, I'd pass Junior in the yard playing with his shield, mastering the art of cowering more effectively against unseen blows."

--Mark Steyn

Friday
Jul192013

Nine 'Pints' of the Law

"Nine 'Pints' of the Law"

Oil on Hardboard - 1970

Norman Fowler

     "The most important cause of this feeling of satisfaction is that you are doing what the human race has done for thousands upon thousands upon thousands of years. This is a matter of such moment that I am astonished people hear of it so little. Whatever is buried right into our blood from immemorial habit that we must be certain to do if we are to be fairly happy (of course no grown man or woman can really be very happy for long--but I mean reasonably happy), and, what is more important, decent and secure of our souls. Thus one should from time to time hunt animals, or at the very least shoot at a mark; one should always drink some kind of fermented liquor with one's food--and especially deeply upon great feast-days; one should go on the water from time to time; and one should dance on occasions; and one should sing in chorus. For all these things man has done since God put him into a garden and his eyes first became troubled with a soul."

 

--Hilaire Belloc, The Path to Rome

Sunday
Jun302013

Happy on the Thames

 

"Happy on the Thames (How Happy I Could be with Either?"

Oil on Canvas - 1876

James Tissot

"In retrospect it always seems to be summer on the Thames, and a fine day at that. The meteorological records for these parts assure us that July 4, 1862, was ‘cool and rather wet’: but on that day Lewis Carroll first told the tale of Alice in Wonderland to four people in a Thames gig, rowing upstream for a picnic tea, and to the ends of their lives all four remembered the afternoon as a dream of cloudless English sunshine."

--Jan Morris, Oxford
Wednesday
Jun262013

A Conversation Piece

"A Conversation Piece"
Oil on Canvas - 1941
Charles Neil Knight
‘I shall miss you, Jeeves.’
‘Thank you, sir.’
‘Who was the chap who was always beefing about losing gazelles?’
‘The poet Moore, sir. He complained that he had never nursed a dear gazelle, to glad him with its soft black eye, but when it came to know him well and love him, it was sure to die.’
‘It’s the same with me. I am a gazelle short. You don’t mind me alluding to you as a gazelle, Jeeves?’
‘Not at all, sir.’
Thursday
Jun202013

Miss Flyte Introduces the Wards in Jarndyce to Krook, the Lord Chancellor

"Miss Flyte Introduces the Wards in Jarndyce to Krook, the Lord Chancellor"

Watercolor on Canvas - 1860

Sir John Gilbert

"Tom Jarndyce was often in here. He got into a restless habit of strolling about when the cause was on, or expected, talking to the little shopkeepers and telling 'em to keep out of Chancery, whatever they did. 'For,' says he, 'it's being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains.'

--from Bleak House, by Charles Dickens