Showing posts from February, 2013

Charlotte Bronte and the Tale of Unrequited Love

In June of 2012 I wrote an article, 'Charlotte Bronte and the Tale of Unrequited Love' based on Charlotte Bronte's teaching years in Brussells. It was featured as a guest post article at the time on the blog of Loretta Proctor .  However, I just realized that I have never posted my article in full on my website!  I was reading an article in The Telegraph that reminded me of my article, Charlotte Bronte . Charlotte Bronte and the Tale of Unrequited Love In February of 1842, Charlotte and Emily went to Brussels to enroll as students in the Rue d’Isabelle boarding school that was run by Madame and Monsieur Heger. The Bronte sisters were hoping to improve their skills in languages. Charlotte taught English and Emily taught music in return for board and tuition. In January 1843 Charlotte Bronte started a teaching post at Rue d’Isabelle.  However, her stay there was not a happy one; she was homesick, lonely and became what could be termed a deep ‘attachment’ for Mons

Sir Hubert von Herkomer, R.A. (1849-1914)

“ Every artisan—I would say every intelligent labourer has photographs taken of his family and of himself; and however poor examples of likeliness these may be, they are vastly superior to the old silhouettes, which were the only cheap form of portraiture before the invention of photography.” ~     My School and My Gospel by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1908   Herkomer ( Sir Hubert von, R.A. ) Ivy, half-length classical maiden crowned with an ivy wreath, mixed-method engraving (“Herkomergravure”), 510 x 410mm., signed in the plate, upper right, slight browning towards sheet edges, framed and lgazed in carved ivy motif frame, [Fine Art Society], [1896]. Sir Hubert von Herkomer, R.A. (1849-1914) along with Norman Hirst (1862-1955) explored an inventive printing technique called Herkomergravure ; a process of creating a monotype by applying ink by hand to a lithographic stone, then producing a photogravure of the result. It could be enhanced with additional mezzotin

Americas Finest: The Red Rose Girls (1863-1935)

Elizabeth Shippen Green, Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith and Henrietta Cozens in their Chestnut Street studio, 1901. Photograph shows Green, Oakley, and Smith seated, each holding a rose, while Cozens holds a watering can over their heads, pretending to water them. Identification on verso (handwritten): The red roses; Elizabeth Shippen Green, Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, Henrietta Cozens; with Violet Oakley poster [in background] for first exhibition at the Plastic Club; taken at 1523 Chestnut Street, when they planned to move to "The Red Rose", Villanova.   THE RED ROSE GIRLS Three Philadelphia women became successful illustrators for books and magazines working in a profession largely dominated by men at the turn of the 20 th century:   Jessie Willcox smith (1863-1935) Violet Oakley (1874-1961) and their colleague Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954).   They forged an unconventional communal relationship based on passion for their art and


“ This splendid young woman, in the triumphal glow of beauty and genius…A superb forehead over two magnificent eyes of a dark blue that we rarely see outside of novels…this large mouth, more proud than sensual, this powerful mass of chestnut hair, the true chestnut called auburn by the English, and which fell down her back. An impressive air of courage, directness, superiority, gaiety.   One who was endowed with much .”   Paul Claudel from Ma Soeur Camille, Camille’s brother. In a small town nestled among the fields and rolling hills of the Champagne region, in Fere-en-Tardenois, France, Camille Claudel was born on the 8 th of December in 1864 to Madame Louise-Athanaise Cervaux Claudel and Louis-Prosper Claudel, a French middle class family.   Camille proved to be more like her father in nature, imaginative, quick-tempered, and with a sarcastic sense of humor.   Monsieur Claudel received a humanistic education in a Jesuit school and possessed a substantial classical libr