Saturday, March 30, 2013

Charles West Cope - The Inkeeper’s Daughter

Charles West Cope - Maiden Meditation (1847)

Maiden Meditation (1847). Charles West Cope (British, Victorian, 1811-1890). Oil on a gesso ground on canvas. V&A Museum.
This work is painted from a passage from Isaiah: ‘I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, for he hath clothed me with a robe of righteousness.’ The principal figure - a maiden kneeling in the attitude of devotion - is more allusive to prayer than to meditation. This literal rendering of the text is beautiful in its touching simplicity. The features of the maiden are lighted up with the fervour of admiration; but it is to be observed that it is extremely stiff and formal- the only weakness in this strikingly original production.

Charles West Cope - A Night Alarm – The Advance!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

John Byam Liston Shaw - Notice Neptune, though . . .

c. 1900
The Studio (1900)
This illustration to Robert Browning's “‘My Last Duchess” has the full title “Notice Neptune, though, / Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, / Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me.’ Robert Browning. From a Watercolour by Byam Shaw, R.I.”
The artist has depicted the close of Browning's poem, which appropriately closes with the vicious duke's relating how he tamed his “last” wife, who now survives only in a work of art he owns, with the image of a work of art depicting another act of “taming.”

  • Robert Browning's “My Last Duchess”
  • John Byam Liston Shaw - But never see my heart is breaking for a little love — (Christina Rossetti)

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    George Richmond - Young Cricketeer


    David Cox - Green Man Lane in Brixton