Rest In Peace Mr. Mandela…
#calligraphy #brushpen #script #Mandela #NelsonMandela
favorite movies: Love Actually (2003)“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”
Happy birthday to Gilbert Charles Stuart, born on this day in 1755. Best known for his iconic (though unfinished) portrait of George Washington, which still appears on the dollar bill, Stuart painted many of Philadelphia’s leading citizens during the years the city served as the nation’s capital. Note the different palettes he employs in these companion portraits of newlyweds, commissioned by the bride’s family shortly before she left for England with her husband.
“Portrait of David Montague, 2nd Baron Erskine,” 1802 and “Portrait of Frances Cadwalader Montagu, Lady Erskine,” 1802
“…If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love … I love … I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
—Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley)
To all my fellow American tumblrers, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Horace Bonham, Nearing the Issue at the Cockpit, (1879)
Always nice to see artists that I have known before! And from my hometown!
Because a degree in Museum Education totally qualifies you to be a paintings conservator, a graphic designer, and a marketing manager in the same day.
And this was my entire past week. Urgh.
William Bradford, The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs taken on an Art Expeditition of Greenland. (London: Marston, Low, and Searle, 1873.)
Measuring over 2’ across, only 350 copies of this beautiful, albeit massive, Victorian era photo book were printed—and we’re lucky enough to house it in our archives!