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Readers reading #6 The Travelling Companions (1862) – By Augustus Egg (1816 –1863). Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Oil on canvas. 65.3 x 78.7 cm What strikes me most is that the two you…

The Travelling Companions Augustus Leopold Egg Birmingham Museums Trust

No. 4.  Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens) Spoiler alert! The only reason this marriage doesn’t happen is that Madeline’s father dies one hour befor…

Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens) Spoiler alert! The only reason this marriage doesn’t happen is that Madeline’s father dies one hour befor…

Readers reading #7 The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. I am very tempted to add thought bubbles for each of the subjects in this painting. If you have any…

Buyenlarge The Breakfast by William Mcgregor Paxton Painting Print Size: 2

I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kis…

I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley blowing a kiss.

Could this be the first “selfie” in history? It is an 1839 self portrait of Robert Cornelius (1809 –1893). On the reverse of the photo it reads ‘The first light picture ever taken…

the first "selfie" Robert Cornelius took this photo outside the store his family owned. It became famous for being the first self portrait or as its commonly now known, a "selfie.

Readers reading #7 Answering the Emigrant’s Letter (1850) – By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x 89cm. Manchester City Art Gallery. A lovely painting – I have looked at it many …

Readers reading Answering the Emigrant’s Letter – By James Collinson. Oil on panel. 70 x Manchester City Art Gallery. A lovely painting – I have looked at it many …

In Our Time, BBC Radio 4. A discussion of Tess of the D’urbervilles. On iPlayer

Discussion: Radio 4 – Tess of the D’urbervilles

The Breakfast (c.1911) – By William McGregor Paxton. Private collection. I couldn’t resist it! My apologies to Mr Paxton.

The Breakfast – By William McGregor Paxton. I couldn’t resist it! My apologies to Mr Paxton.

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century Photograph #2 1838: The first human on film (bottom, left). A street in Paris. Photograph by Louis Daguerre. The street looks empty. Perhaps the long exposure ti…

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century Photograph The first human on film (bottom, left). Photograph by Louis Daguerre. The street looks empty. Perhaps the long exposure ti…

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today  (b. 25 May 1803 – d. 27 April 1882). Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you’ve become cynical and dejected about life,…

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today (b. 25 May 1803 – d. 27 April Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you’ve become cynical and dejected about life,…

Readers reading #4 The Novel Reading (1841) – By Josef Danhauser: 1805-1845. A happy couple. I wonder what the suit of armour on the floor means? And I wonder what they are reading? 1841, the…

“ The Novel Reading 1841 by Josef Danhauser(Austrian, 1805 - ”

No. 5.  Bertha Mason and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre Spoiler alert! Clearly not a successful marriage. Bertha is insane, can’t be divorced and has pyromaniac and suicidal tendencies. Cert…

Bertha Mason and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre Spoiler alert! Clearly not a successful marriage. Bertha is insane, can’t be divorced and has pyromaniac and suicidal tendencies.

Readers reading #3 A Pleasant Corner (1865) – By John Callcott Horsley: 1817 – 1903. Donated to the Royal Academy by the artist. “Sorry to disturb you, thought you might like a cup of t…

“Sorry to disturb you, thought you might like a cup of tea.” A Pleasant Corner, 1865 by John Callcott Horsley (UK). Oil on canvas, 768 X 571 mm. Donated to the Royal Academy by the artist.

Readers reading #2 Carl Spitzweg – The Bookworm – 1850 – Museum Georg Schafer, Schweinfurt, German. Ahh …. I’m envious. But just don’t step backwards!

Readers reading Carl Spitzweg – The Bookworm – 1850 – Museum Georg Schafer, Schweinfurt, German. I’m envious. But just don’t step backwards!

Readers reading #1 A Girl Reading In A Sailing Boat By Alfred Chantrey Corbould: 1852 – 1920. There is something delightful about seeing other people read – perhaps it’s that you …

A Girl Reading in a Sailing Boat Alfred Chantrey Corbould (British, Oil on canvas. A painter and book and magazine illustrator, Corbould contributed to Punch, specializing in.


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