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A Convoy, North Sea: Painted from an Airship off the Coast of Norway

"A Convoy, North Sea: From NS 7, Painted from an Airship off the Coast of Norway"
Oil on Canvas - 1918
John Lavery

"Ah . . . to see the branches stir
Across the moon at Grantchester! . . .
Say, do the elm-clumps greatly stand
Still guardians of that holy land?
The chestnuts shade, in reverend dream,
The yet unacademic stream?
Is dawn a secret shy and cold
Anadyomene, silver-gold?
And sunset still a golden sea
From Haslingfield to Madingley?
And after, ere the night is born,
Do hares come out about the corn?
Oh, is the water sweet and cool,
Gentle and brown, above the pool?
And laughs the immortal river still
Under the mill, under the mill?
Say, is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths, and pain?… oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?"

--Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), from "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester"


Early Morning

"Early Morning"
Oil on Canvas - 1954
      "If there is one thing worse than the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics. Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made essential and godliness is regarded as an offence . . . Especially this is so in matters of hygiene; notably such matters as lying in bed. Instead of being regarded, as it ought to be, as a matter of personal convenience and adjustment, it has come to be regarded by many as if it were a part of essential morals to get up early in the morning. It is upon the whole part of practical wisdom; but there is nothing good about it or bad about its opposite. Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before."


--G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles, "On Lying in Bed"


Albert with a Pipe

"Albert With a Pipe"

Oil on Canvas - 1978

Peter Burns

You and I have seen it in pictures. Our sons will say that they wish they had seen it in pictures. Our sons' sons will say it is all a lie and was never in anything but the pictures, and they will explain it by some myth or other.


--Hilaire Belloc, First and Last

Belshazzar's Feast


"Belshazzar's Feast"
Oil on Canvas - 1820
John Martin

"Or ever the knightly years were gone
 With the old world to the grave,
I was a King in Babylon
And you were a Christian Slave."
--W.E. Henley



The Doctor


The Doctor
Oil on Canvas, 1891
Sir Luke Fildes

"We have all lost ourselves in admiration of Sir Luke Fildes' masterpiece, 'The Doctor,' and of Mr. John Collier's 'Sentenced to Death.' No reasonable man could look for sixty seconds upon the tawdriest reproductions of those magnificent paintings without feeling instinctively that the work of a doctor is much more than merely physical." 
-Excerpt from the essay "The Doctor" from F.W. Boreham's book Mountains in the Mist