Saturday, December 31, 2016

10-Year-Old Nova Scotia Girl Learning about Proper Tea Ettiquite at Finishing School in Early America


Anna Green Winslow (1759-1779) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Joshua Winslow & his wife Anna Green. In 1770, at the age of 10, she was sent south to a finishing school in Boston, where she lived with her aunt & uncle, Sarah & John Deming. During her separation from her family, she kept a diary sporadically from November 1771 to May 1773. Her aunt encouraged the diary as a penmanship exercise & as a running letter to her parents. Most entries detail her daily routine. She writes of sermons; weather; entertainments; current fashions; & family matters. And this 10-year-old girl writes of taking tea with friends & family of all ages. Winslow was reunited with her parents in 1773, when Joshua Winslow moved them to Marshfield, Massachusetts. In 1775, he was exiled as a Tory; but his family remained behind. Before the end of the Revolution, Anna Green Winslow died of tuberculosis in Hingham, Massachusetts. Anna was 20, when she died.

Some excerpts from Anna's diary:

Nov'r 18, 1771 ...Mr. Beacon ask'd a question. What is beauty--or, wherein does true beauty consist? He answer'd, in holiness--and said a great deal about it that I can't remember, & as aunt says she hasnt leisure now to help me any further--so I may just tell you a little that I remember without her assistance, and that I repeated to her yesterday at tea



Jan'y 31, 1772 ... I was at Aunt Sukey's with Mrs Barrett dress'd in a white brocade, & cousin Betsey dress'd in a red lutestring, both adorn'd with past, perlsmarquesett &c. They were after tea escorted by Mr. Newton & Mr Barrett to ye assembly at Concert Hall...



Feb. 18, 1772 ...Saterday I din'd at Unkle Storer's, drank tea at Cousin Barrel's, was entertain'd in the afternoon with scating...



March 9, 1772 ...It's now tea time--as soon as that is over, I shall spend the rest of the evening in reading to my aunt. It is near candle lighting...



April 14, 1772 ...I went a visiting yesterday to Col. Gridley's with my aunt. After tea Miss Becky Gridley sung a minuet. Miss Polly Deming & I danced to her musick...



April 16, 1772 ...I dined with Aunt Storer yesterday & spent the afternoon very agreeably at Aunt Suky's. Aunt Storer is not very well, but she drank tea with us...



April 24, 1772 ...I drank tea at Aunt Suky's. Aunt Storer was there, she seemed to be in charming good health & spirits...



May 11, 1772 ...I had the pleasure of drinking tea with aunt Thomas the same day, the family all well, but Mr G who seems to be near the end of the journey of life...



May 16, 1772 ...Thursday I danc'd a minuet & country dances at school, after which I drank tea with aunt Storer...



May 31, 1772 ...I spent the afternoon at unkle Joshua's. yesterday, after tea, I went to see how aunt Storer did...



Source: Diary of Anna Green Winslow, A Boston School Girl of 1771 (edited by A. M. Earle 1894).


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gone Fishing - in 1600s England



Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) Angling



Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) River Fishing



Wenceslaus Hollar (European-born English artist, 1607-1677) Salmon Fishing


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Women & Children in Small Boats by Henri Lebasque 1865-1937

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Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Promenade Sur L'Eau 1918



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) A Fishing Expedition 1920

Some of my favorite portraits of women & children outdoors are by Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937).  He was born in Champigné, France; and by 1885, he was studying in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Here Lebasque met Camille Pissarro & Auguste Renoir. Lebasque maintained an intense artistic exchange with young painters, especially Vuillard & Bonnard, the founders of the artists' associations "Les Nabis" (the prophets) & the "Intimists." In 1903, together with his friend Henri Matisse & other artists, Henri Lebasque founded the "Salon d'Automne," where Georges Rouault, André Derain, Edouard Vuillard and Henri Matisse exhibited. In 1924, Henri Lebasque moved to Le Cannet on the French Riviera. His portrayals of women & their children are colorful & intimate, full of the hope & joy of life.


Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Young Girls in a Boat c 1900



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Girl in a Boat



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Girls in a Boat



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) On the Banks of the Seine in Andelys



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Fishing Party 1915



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Promenade En Barque



Henri Lebasque (French artist, 1865-1937) Boat on the Marne


Friday, December 23, 2016

Waterside with Canadian Paul Peel 1860-1892



Paul Peel (Canadian-born artist, 1860-1892) The Young Botanist 1888-90

Paul Peel was a Canadian academic painter. Having won a medal at the 1890 Paris Salon, he became one of the first Canadian artists to receive international recognition in his lifetime.

Paul Peel (Canadian-born artist, 1860-1892) The Beach at Normandy c.1887



Paul Peel (Canadian-born artist, 1860-1892) The Young Gleaner 1888


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waterside with French painter Eugene Louis Boudin 1824-1898


Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) Detail Woman With a Parasol on the Beach 1880


Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) On the Beach Sun



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) The Beach at Trouville


Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) Trouville on the Beach Sheltered by a Parasol 1885



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) Bathers at the Beach at Trouville 1869


Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) Beach Scene with Yellow Parasol 1887



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) On the Beach Sunset



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) On the Beach, Trouville, 1887



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) Princess Metternich on the Beach



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) The Beach at Villerville 1864



Eugene Louis Boudin (French landscape painter, 1824-1898) Villars Beach Scene

Monday, December 19, 2016

Waterside with Frenchman Édouard Manet 1832-1883



Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832-1883) The Beach at Boulogne in 1868



Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832-1883) On The Beach 1873


Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832-1883) Boating 1874



Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832-1883) Seascape at Arcachon 1871


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Waterside with Frenchman Claude Monet 1840-1926


Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) Camille Monet on the Beach at Trouville 1870



Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) River Scene at Bennecourt 1868



Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) On the Beach at Trouville



Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) Garden at Sainte-Adresse



Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) The Beach at Trouville 1870



Claude Monet (French artist, 1840-1926) The Regatta At Sainte-Adresse 1867


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Waterside with Frenchman Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841-1919


Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Children on the Seashore Guernsey 1883



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) On the Beach, Figures under a Parasol 1898



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) By the Seashore 1883



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Children on the Seashore Guernsey 1883



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Figures on the Beach 1890s


Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Two Little Girls at the Beach



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) The Beach at Purnic



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Young Girls on the Beach 1898



Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) By the Water