D Y Cameron · Hester Frood · Uncategorized

Hester Frood — DY Cameron disciple

Hester Frood, one of DY Cameron’s rare pupils, carried on her teacher’s architectural etching tradition, albeit in a looser and simpler manner.  Born in New Zealand in 1882, Hester came to England as a child, growing up near Exeter in Devon.  A chance meeting with DY Cameron on a trip to Scotland in 1906 changed… Continue reading Hester Frood — DY Cameron disciple

Karel Dujardin · Uncategorized

“the affection of the people to pictures”

Karel Dujardin (1622-1678), the Dutch Golden Age painter, created this charming etching in the 1660s, along with the farmyard scene below: Born in Amsterdam, Dujardin studied with Nicolaes Berchem, and then left for Italy, where he belonged to a group of Dutch artists in Rome; there he first gained his nickname, “Goat beard”.  He then… Continue reading “the affection of the people to pictures”

Peter Ilsted · Uncategorized

Liselund — an 18th century holiday

Spring Break is upon us!  To celebrate, I’m posting this lovely mezzotint by Peter Ilsted, The Dining Room at Liselund (1917). Once he became successful as an artist, Ilsted brought his family every year to Liselund palace for their summer vacation.  Liselund, or “Lisa’s grove” was built in the 18th century by Antoine de Bosc… Continue reading Liselund — an 18th century holiday

Piranesi · Uncategorized

Spirits of Ancient Egypt

In the 1970s, when I was a kid, tourists could enter into the interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza, crawling through the immensely dark passageways in an uneasy quiet, completely dependant upon the navigational sense of one’s guide. Although it was many decades ago, I still remember clearly the dimly lit Pharoah’s burial chamber… Continue reading Spirits of Ancient Egypt


“The scent of pines and yearning”

“The scent of pines and yearning…”– with these words Gabriel Priel, an Estonian born New York City poet, evoked his nostalgia for upstate New York. On this Valentine’s Day, my thoughts go to Ithaca, New York, where I met my husband Bill.  Bill was a doctoral student in Medieval History at Cornell at the time;… Continue reading “The scent of pines and yearning”


The Norse Imagination

Americans rightly revere the British fantasy tradition, yet often overlook the rich artistry of the Nordic imagination.  The mythos of the peoples of the North Sea — that stunning blend of Scandinavian and Celtic storytelling — provides a deep pool for fantasy writers and, in this case, etchers.  Louis Moe (1857-1945), a Norwegian born etcher… Continue reading The Norse Imagination