Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sewing outdoors - 19C Girls



 Janet C Fisher (Welch artist, 1867–1926), In the orchard, c.1900.



Mary E Dear (English artist, 1848-1867) Patchwork 1857



John Thomas Peele (English-born American genre artist, 1822–1897)  The Knitting Lesson



John Dawson Watson (British artist, 1832-1892)



William Frederick Witherington (British artist, 1785-1865) The Sewing Lesson



Charles Edward Wilson (British 1854-1941) Girl Sewing


Albert Edelfelt (Finnish artist, 1854-1905) A Girl Knitting Socks 1896


Friday, December 11, 2015

Sewing outdoors - Jean-François Millet 1814-1875


Jean-François Millet (French painter, 1814–1875) Seated Shepherdess Knitting 1858


Jean-François Millet (French painter, 1814–1875) The Knitting Shepherdess 1856


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sewing outdoors - 1700s



The Lace Wearer Rewarding the Lace Maker Published by Carrington Bowles 1783



John Fairburn (English painter) Lace Maker 1795


Monday, December 7, 2015

Bathing Beauties by Stanley Spencer 1891-1959



Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) Girls Returning from a Bathe 1936

"Everything has a sort of double meaning for me, there's the ordinary everyday meaning of things, and the imaginary meaning about it all, and I wanted to bring these things together...I have always looked forward to seeing what I could fish out of myself, I am a treasure island seeker and the island is myself."  Stanley Spencer


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Bathing Pool, Dogs 1940


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Bathing by Camille Pissarro 1830-1903



 Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Bather



 Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Bathers



 Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Bathers by the side of the river



 Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Bathers on the Bank of a River



 Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Bathers



 Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Bathing Goose Maidens



Camille Pissarro (French artist, 1830-1903) Group of Bathers


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Reading Outdoors by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841-1919


 Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919)   The Reader


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919)  Madame Chocquet Reading 1876


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919)


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919)  Two Girls Reading



Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist Painter, 1841-1919) Gabrielle Renard (1878-1959) and Jean


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Book to Read Outdoors



Embroidered satin book with floral motif. The Whole Booke of Psalmes (London, 1639), The British Library Database of Bookbindings.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dogs & Cats in American Folk Art - Robert Peckham 1785-1877


Deacon Robert Peckham (American, 1785-1877). Portrait of a Young Child in a White Dress and Red Shoes with Peach and Dog. C. 1830


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

17C Love on Horseback



Gonzales Coques (Flemish artist, 1614-1684) A Couple on Horseback ,1640-50



Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch artist, 1620-91) Lady & Gentleman on Horseback 1650s



Gonzales Coques (Flemish artist, 1614-1684) Couple on Horseback 1640-50


Friday, November 13, 2015

16C Love on Horseback



 Johan IV van Nassau and His Wife Maria van Loon by Barend van Orley, c.1530



 Le Comte Engelbert I de Nassau et son épouse Jeanne de Polanen by Barend van Orley, c. 1530



  Mencía de Mendoza and Enrique de Nassau on Horseback by Bernard van Orley, c 1530



Otto, comte de Nassau and his spouse Adelheid van Vianen by Berend van Orley, c. 1530


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Chess & card games in the 1500s


1508 Lucas van Leyden (Dutch artist, 1494-1533), Game of Chess



1508-10 Lucas van Leyden (Dutch artist, 1494-1533), Card Players



1525 Lucas van Leyden (Dutch artist, 1494-1533), Card Players



1552 Hans Meulich (1516-1573) Duke Albrecht V. of Bavaria and his wife Anna of Austria playing chess.



1555 Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) The Chess Game


Sunday, November 1, 2015

The earliest Picnics occured after the Hunt in the 18C



Food historians tell us picnics evolved from the elaborate traditions of outdoor feasts enjoyed by the wealthy. Medieval hunting feasts & Renaissance-era country banquets probably were the earliest picnics.


1737 Carle or Charles-André van Loo (1705-1765) After the Hunt

"Picnic. Originally, A fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions." The OED traces the oldest print evidence of the word picnic in the English language to 1748. The word was known in France, Germany, and Sweden prior to becoming an English institution. 

---Oxford English Dictionary [Clarendon Press:Oxford], 2nd edition, Volume XI (p. 779)

1738 Carle or Charles-André van Loo (1705-1765) The Picnic after the Hunt

"The earliest picnics in England were medieval hunting feasts. Hunting conventions were established in the 14C, and the feast before the chase assumed a special importance. Gaston de Foiz, in a work entitled Le Livre de chasse (1387), gives a detailed description of such an event in France. As social habits in 14C England were similar to those in medieval France, it is safe to assume that picnics were more or less the same."  

---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 602)


 1737 Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743)  The Hunting Party Meal

"The French might have invented the word "picnic," pique nique being found earlier than "pic nic." It originally referred to a dinner, usually eaten indoors, to which everyone present had contributed some food, and possible also a fee to attend. The ancient Greek "eranos," the French "moungetade" described earlier, or modern "pot luck" suppers are versions of this type of mealtime organization. ...Picnics derive, also, from the decorous yet comparatively informal 16C "banquets"...whichh frequently took place out of doors."

---The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolutions, Eccentricities and Meaning of Table Manners, Margaret Visser [Penguin:New York] 1991 (p. 150-1)


1740 Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) Picnic after the hunt

"Picnic. An informal meal in which everyone pays his share or brings his own dish,' according to the Littre dictionary. That was probably the original meaning of the word, which is probably of French origin (the French piquer means to pick at food; nique means something small of no value.) The word was accepted by the Academie francaise in 1740 and thereafter became a universally accepted word in many languages. From the informal picnic, the outdoor feast developed...Weekend shooting parties and sporting events were occasions for grand picnics, with extensive menus and elaborate presentation."
---Larousse Gastronomique, completely updated and revised edition [Clarkson Potter:New York] 2001 (p. 883)


Friday, October 30, 2015

Bastille Day 1890 by van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) is Auvers Town Hall 14 July 1890


Saturday, October 24, 2015

17C Golf - Children play & golf evolves


1595 Adriaen van der Linde



1603 Attributed to Adriaen van der Linde (Dutch artist, 1560-1609) Three-Year-Old Boy with Colf Stick



1626 Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (Dutch painter, 1572-1657) Young Boy with a Golf Club and Ball



Bartholomeus van der Helst, ca. 1658-1659



1600s Unknown artist



1615 Unknown Artist



1640 Unknown artist



1612 Unknown Dutch artist, Master Slijper' holding a brass-headed kolf club



 1613 Marinus Molenaar Kanters Boy aged four and a half



 1620-30s Paulus Moreelse (Dutch artist, 1571-1638) Portrait Of A Four-Year Old Boy With Club And Ball



1624 Nicolaes Eliaszoon Pickenoy (Dutch painter, 1588-1656)  'Boys Playing Kolf on a Road.' Detail



1626 Adriaan Pietersz van der Venne (Dutch genre painter, 1589-1662).Man with Boy playing golf wearing ice spurs



 1631 Wybrand de Geest (Dutch artist, 1592-1661-65) Portrait of a Boy with a 'Colf' Stick



 1635 Wybrand de Geest (Dutch artist, 1592-1661-65) Portrait of two brothers



1650 Peter Lely (English artist, 1618-1680)  The Children of the Markgraaf de Trazegnies



1660 Pieter de Hooch (Dutch genre painter, 1629-1684) The Little Golf Players