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The Moon from Alphonse Mucha’s The Moon and the Stars series, 1902
Photo by Helmut Newton. Château d’Aunoy, 1978.
“Night” by Edward Robert Hughes
The Sketch (1902). Beatrice Baxter Ruhl in Newport, Rhode Island. Photograph by Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934).
Ruhl was a writer who had at least 5 books published and was a painter of moderate talent.
Unlike her contemporaries, Käsebier focused more on the expression and individuality of the person than the costumes and customs. Käsebier sometimes removed genuine ceremonial articles or props from a sitter in order to concentrate on the face or stature of the person.
Flora, woman picking flowers with a cornucopia in the ruins of Pompeii, 1-45 AD.
Margaret Dicksee (1858-1903). “Miss Angel”: Angelica Kauffmann, introduced by Lady Wentworth, visits Mr. Reynolds’ studio. 1892. 112 x 86.5 cm. Sold £25,300: Christies, London (29-03-1996, lot 116).
Johan Zoffany, “The Sharp Family,” 1779–81, oil on canvas
The Sharp Family, afloat on a barge called Apollo with Fulham Old Church in the distance, is so exuberant as to be barely credible. It is a pyramid, a heap of humanity, each subject beautifully and elaborately dressed and exhibiting a solemn concentration on the music to come. Horns, harpsichord and cello are all at hand ready to be brought into play, and the scene is further enlivened by a baby holding a remarkably calm kitten.
Zoffany excelled at the group portrait, the conversation piece.
By Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Lloyd-Baker Trustees