Art Books and The World of Victorian Painters

Sometimes memories from the past present themselves simply from the scribbles made on a sheet of notebook paper. Today I found such a note that was so old that it had started turning yellow with age. It suddenly fell out of the pages of one of my art books called “Victorian Painters” written by Jeremy Maas, who was a dealer specializing in English painting when his book published back in 1969. Each one of these paintings still fascinate me as I flip through this book again finding  Litter of Puppies by Sir Edwin Landseer who was a famous animal painter in 1838 and always painted those large white and black dogs referred to as “Landseer-dogs”. His painting Dignity and Impudence of a blood-hound called Grafton exhibited in 1839 has realistic qualities that are quite appealing not only because of the large dog, but the smaller doggie next to Grafton in the doghouse.

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On the cover of this book is a painting of a girl sleeping in an orange dress. The full-page plate shown inside describes this Neo-Classical painting as done by Lord Frederic Leighton. It’s called  Flaming June” and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895, a year before the artist’s death in 1896. There are many more great paintings to discover in this 256-page book. I’m grateful I have a copy in my home library and continue to trace the era for Victorian painting. And according to the price marked in the book, I got it for a bargain: $1.99 as-is.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, January 22, 2014

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January 22, 2014 · 12:49 am

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20, 2014

001One of the books in my library collection published in 1977 is about the biography of a man who dedicated his life to the cause of civil rights. It tells about his early years, his preparation for life in the ministry and about his assassination on April 4, 1968. The title of this book is “The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by James Haskins.  I often re-read it, especially around this time of the year when an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is observed on the third Monday of January every year.

In 1980 the National Historic Site was established to preserve the places where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, lived, worked, worshiped and his final resting place in Atlanta, Georgia.  I visited this site last year – here’s my posting on that tour.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 20, 2014

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January 19, 2014 · 10:27 pm

Covered Bridge History, Located near Atlanta

My walk around the lake this weekend took me across this covered bridge in the park.

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Below is the story about this “lattice bridge”  that is posted on the sign.  It’s been at this present location since 1969:

Covered bridges or ‘lattice bridges’ were common throughout the Eastern U.S. during the nineteenth century. This bridge formerly spanned the North Fork of the Oconee River in the city of Athens, Georgia connecting College Avenue and Hobson Avenue. Clark County Ordinary S. M. Herrington let a building contract 26 March 1891 for $2,490 to W. W. King. It cost $18,000 to move the bridge from Athens 60 miles to this point. Bridges like this were refuge for travelers during storms, courting couples, and robbers who hide themselves on the overhead timbers and dropped down on the unsuspecting victim.”

 Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 12, 2014

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January 13, 2014 · 11:10 pm

The New Year 2014 Begins

The heavy rain soaked the ground next to the sidewalk.  It’s hard for some of us to believe that only yesterday it was freezing  and today we’re blessed with 65 degrees with sunshine. Life is Good and a great day to take a walk outside!

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 11, 2014

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January 11, 2014 · 10:41 pm

The Year 2013 Ends

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Happy New Year to Everyone!

At midnight the bells will ring in the New Year.   This year has been good, but now it’s time to move forward with new resolutions and goals for 2014!

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 31, 2013

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December 31, 2013 · 4:13 pm