Sunday, October 9, 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).


Madonnas attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli 1488-1576


The following paintings are attributed to Titian by a variety of art historians & scholars, who certainly don't always agree.  


Attributed to 1510 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child



Attributed to 1516 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with Sts Catherine and Dominic + Donor



Attributed to 1516 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna with Cherries



Attributed to 1510 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Mary with the Child and Saints



Attributed to 1510 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) The Holy Family with a Shepherd



Attributed to 1520 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with Sts Dorothy and George



Attributed to 1530 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with John the Baptist



Attributed to 1530 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with Female Saint and Infant Saint John the Baptist



Attributed to 1560 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) A Sacred Conversation Madonna & Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria



Attributed to 1560 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child



Attributed to 1561 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Virgin with Child at Sunset


Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna & Child



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna & Child



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna & Child



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with Rabbit


Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) The Virgin and Child with 4 Saints



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Virgin and Child with St. John



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Virgin and Infant with St John the Baptist and Donor



Attributed to 1565-70 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child




Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child with St Agnes and St John the Baptist



Attributed to Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Gipsy Madonna 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.