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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 


Portrait of an Elderly Man

"Portrait of an Elderly Man"

Oil on Canvas - 1667

Rembrandt Van Rijn

      "There was no play of expression on his finely chiselled to indicate it. There very seldom is on Jeeves's f-c. In moments of discomfort, as I had told Tuppy, he wears a mask, preserving throughout the quiet stolidity of a stuffed moose."
--P.G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

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


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


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