The Honourable John Maler Collier (27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934) was a leading English artist, and an author. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. He studied painting at the Munich Academy where he enrolled on 14 April 1875 at the age of 25.
Of course there's no going around it; Adele...
After years of absence she's back and how!
First there was that small teaser which made everyone wanting more and finally there it was; the complete song with a gorgeous vid.
There are not much female artists I love and adore, Dido is sharing the number one position in my book with Adele (okay and Stevie Nicks!) they all can create an atmosphere in a single song that makes me happy, makes me cry, makes me just feel so much at one time!
So here's to Adele and my favourite songs of hers;
Frederick Sandys Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (born Antonio Frederic Augustus Sands) (Norwich 1 May 1829 – 25 June 1904 London), but usually known as Frederick Sandys, was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter, illustrator and draughtsman, of the Victorian era.
As a lot of you know I love, no, adore Scotland. I've been to many places but of course I have also missed a lot of them as well. One of the places I've never been and is still on my list is Loch Lomond. Not in the last place because of this wonderful song; Everyone has his favourite version of this song, this is mine;
Loch Lomond (23 miles/37 km long) is the largest fresh water area in Great Britain, overlooked by stunning hills and forest. The road that runs along the east shore, more wooded and less busy than the west shore, comes to an end at Rowardennan Lodge.
This is a popular destination for hikers following the West Highland Way toward Queen Elizabeth Forest Park or climbing Ben Lomond (3,195 feet/97m).
I heard this song yesterday on Spotify and was hooked really. The original one is one of my favourites and this was so nicely done that it doesn't hinder the original one. So for today's theme; Covers that are as good or maybe better than the original.
On my preparation for Hamlet, where I was supposed to be going to last night but didn't (to go or not to go) I have been reading Hamlet by Shakespeare. At least I did that. Poor Ophelia. She has been a real inspiration for a lot of painters. Certainly for a lot of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, which is my favourite period! John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that inspired many.
So for today's Art on Friday; Ophelia.
John Everett Millais-Ophelia
Maybe this one is the most famous of all; The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had a muse, Elizabeth Siddal, who later became the wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and painted herself as well. She was lying in a bathtub for hours on end to pose for this painting getting a severe cold from it.
John William Waterhouse-Ophelia Alfred Joseph Woolmer-Ophelia Arthur Hughes-Ophelia Pierre Auguste Cot-Ophelia Alexandre Cabanel-Ophelia Antoine Auguste Ernest Herbert-Ophelia Arthur Hughe…