Monday, September 15, 2014

At the Farmers' Market - Historic American Seeds and Plant Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Librariess




Pet-loving US presidents - an excerpt


10 famous people & their bizarre pets
by Greg Jenner

Pet-loving US presidents - an excerpt
from the website of BBC History Magazine, February 2014



Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Andrew Jackson 1824

1. President Andrew Jackson and his foul-mouthed parrot

President Andrew Jackson (in office 1829–37) was a hard-edged war hero, renowned for fighting lethal duels and once even incapacitating his would-be assassin by battering him with a walking stick. But by the time he died in 1845, Jackson had become a quiet and deeply religious man, which is why mourners at his funeral were so surprised when his pet grey parrot, Poll, began blurting out offensive swearwords. Clearly, the bird had picked up some of Jackson’s saltier language in the ex-soldier’s heyday, and had chosen the worst possible moment to showcase it.




2. John Quincy Adams’s pet alligator

The Marquis de Lafayette wasn’t just buddies with George Washington. In 1825, after a mammoth tour of the States, he arrived at the White House clutching a variety of gifts bestowed upon him by a grateful nation. The oddest of these was a live alligator, which the aristocratic Frenchman immediately re-gifted to the current president, John Quincy Adams. We’re not sure quite how Mrs Quincy Adams reacted to this news, but the president apparently took great delight in keeping the alligator in the East Room bathtub, where he used it to prank terrified guests. 



 

3. George Washington and his dogs

Like many an 18th-century gentleman, George Washington was a devoted dog-lover, and kept many hunting hounds at his Mount Vernon estate, including spaniels, sheepdogs, terriers, Newfoundlands and spotted dalmations. His affection for his pet pooches can be seen in the charming names he gave them – Sweet Lips, Truelove, Tipsy, Drunkard and Madame Moose. But he wasn’t just some old fool with a heart of gold, he was also fascinated by animal husbandry. When the Marquis de Lafayette – the French hero of the American War of Independence – sent him some French foxhounds, Washington quickly realised he could breed them with English foxhounds to produce an American variety: "a superior dog, one that had speed, sense and brains."

Spectacular & strong Spanish women portrayed in 19C & early 20C


The air is a little chilly today.   I have been inside, & trying to recreate warmth.  My mind wandered back to Spain, where the heat never seemed to touch the glorious Spanish women.  I wilted there. Artists seem to have a special reverence & fascination with the exotic constancy of Spanish women.

Adrien Henri Tanoux (French artist, 1865-1923) Portrait of a Spanish Lady


Albert Roelofs (Dutch painter, 1877-1920) A Young Woman Holding Flowers


Alexander Golovin, (Russian Painter, 1863-1930) A Spanish Lady


Alexander Golovin (Russian painter, 1863-1930) Spanish Woman 1902


Alexander Golovin (Russian painter, 1863-1930) Spanish Woman in Green 1906-7


Alexander Golovin (Russian painter, 1863-1930) Spanish Woman with Black Shawl


Alexander Golovin (Russian painter, 1863-1930) The Spanish Woman at Balcony 1911


Carl von Steuben (1788–1856) Spanish Lady 1834


Alexander Golovin (Russian painter, 1863-1930) The Spanish Woman with the Red Shawl


Charles Hermans (Belgian artist, 1839-1924) Spanish Beauty


Charles Sillem Lidderdale (British artist, 1831-1895) Young Spanish Woman


Eugene Pierre Francois Giraud (French artist, 1806-1881) A Spanish Beauty with a Fan


Eva Gonzales (French Impressionist painter, 1849-1883) The Spanish Women


Francis Picabia (French Dadaist Surrealist painter, 1879-1953) Spanish Woman


George Henry Hall (American painter, 1825-1913) Spanish Lady


George Owen Wynne Apperley (British artist, 1884-1960) Enriqueta con toca de madroños


George Wesley Bellows (American painter, 1882–1925) Portrait of Elizabeth Alexander


Gustave Courbet (French painter, 1819-1877) A Spanish Woman


Henri Matisse (French painter, 1869-1954) Spanish Woman with a Tambourine 1909


John Singer Sargent (American expatriate artist, 1856-1925) Spanish Woman


Julio Romero de Torres (Spanish painter, 1874–1930) Raquel Meller 1910


Mary Cassatt (American painter, 1844-1926) Spanish Dancer


Pierre Auguste Renoir (French painter, 1941-1919) Young Spanish Woman with a Guitar 1899


Alexei Jawlensky (Russian-born German Expressionist painter, 1864-1941) Spanish Woman 1911


Robert Henri (American artist, 1865-1929) Isolina Maldonado a Spanish Dancer


Alexei Jawlensky (Russian-born German Expressionist painter, 1864-1941) Spanish Women


Robert Henri (American artist, 1865-1929) Spanish Girl


Alexei Jawlensky (Russian-born German Expressionist painter, 1864-1941) Infantin


Robert Henri (American artist, 1865-1929) Spanish Girl


Robert Henri (American artist, 1865-1929) Spanish Woman in a Red


1916 Natalia Goncharova (Russian artist, 1881-1962) Spanish Dancer


1916 Natalia Goncharova (Russian artist, 1881-1962) Spanish Woman


Women by Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes 1746–1828



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828)  Queen Maria Luisa of Spain in Court Dress,c. 1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Condesa-duquesa de Benavente 1785



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Dona María Tomasa Palafox, Marquesa de Villafranca, 1805



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Dona Narcisa Baranana de Goicoechea, 1810



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Dona Tadea Arias de Enríquez, 1793



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Dona Teresa Sureda, 1804



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Doña Isabel de Porcel, 1805



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Josefa Bayeu (or Leocadia Weiss) c. 1798 or 1814



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) La marquesa de Caballero, 1807



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) La Tirana, 1799



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Marchioness of Santa Cruz 1805 



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Maria Luisa of Parma with Tontilla 1789



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Maria Luisa,Queen of Spain on Horseback, 1799



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Maria Luisa, Queen of Spain, 
1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Maria Teresa of Vallabriga on Horseback 1783



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) María Josefa de la Soledad, Countess of Benavente and Duchess of Osuna, 1785



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) María Luisa of Parma,Queen of Spain, 1789-99



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) María Luisa of Parma,Queen of Spain, 1789



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Mrs Sabasa Garcia. c. 1806-1807



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Antonia Zarate. C. 1811



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Antonia Zárate, 1805



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Francisca Vicenta Chollet y Caballero, 1806



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Infanta Maria Josefa of Spain, 1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Lady Bermusezne Kepmasa. The Wife of John Agustn Cem Bermdez. C. 1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Spain, 1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Mariana Waldstein,Marquesa de Santa Cruz, 1797-99



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of Marquesa de Lazán, 1802



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of María Teresa de Vallabriga, 1783




 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of the Actress María del Rosario Fernández called La Tirana, 1794



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of the Countess of Casa Flores



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of the Duchess of Alba, 1797



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of the Marquesa de Pontejos, 1786



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Portrait of the Marquesa de Santiago, 1804



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Queen Maria Luisa of Spain in Court Dress,c. 1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Queen Maria Luisa. 1789



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Clothed Maja, 1803



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Condesa de Chinchon in 1801



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Countess del Carpio, Marquesa de la Solana 1793



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Countess of Chinchón, 1800



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Countess of Fernán Núñez, 1803



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Duchess of Abrantes, 1816



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The widowed Marquesa de Villafranca, c. 1795



 Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Woman with a fan



Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) María Teresa de Vallabriga 1783



Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Teresa Vallabriga 1783



Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) Retrato de la actriz Rita Luna



Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish painter, 1746–1828) The Bookseller's Wife. c. 1805-08