Friday, September 30, 2016

Gone Fishing - at a picnic in 1754 Annapolis, Maryland


Fishing in the British American colonies was a social sport, & the outcome was as unpredictable then as it is nowadays. This poem appeared in the 1754 Maryland Gazette about preparing a list of items to take on a picnic & fishing trip on the Severn River in Annapolis.


18C English woodcut

Six bottle of wine, right old, good and clear;
a dozen at least, of English strong Beer:
Six quarts of good Rum, to make Punch and Grogg
(the latter a Drink that’s now much vogue)
some Cyder, if sweet, would not be amiss:
Of Butter Six pounds, we can’t do with less.

A tea Kettle, Tea, and all the Tea Geer,
To treat the Ladies and also small Beer.
Sugar, Lemons, a Strainer, likewise a Spoon;
Two China Bowls to drink out of at Noon:
A large piece of Cheese, a Table Cloth too,
A sauce-pan, two Dishes, and a Corkscrew:
Some Plates, Knives and Forks, Fish Kettle or pot,
And pipes and Tobacco must not be forgot:
A frying pan, Bacon or Lard for to Fry:
a tumbler and Glass to use when we’re dry
A hatchet, some Matches, a Steel and a Flint,
Some touch-wood, or Box with good tinder in’t.
some vinegar, Salt, some Parsley and Bread
or else Loaves of Pone to eat in it’s stead:
and for fear of bad Luck at catching of Fish
Suppose we should carry- A READY DRESSED DISH



Madonnas attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) and Leonardo da Vinci (perhaps both worked on this image) Mother and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Madonna and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child attributed to a follower of



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Madonna and Child



Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) The Holy Family



attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child



attributed to Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1466-1516) Virgin and Child

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.