As my daughter Ellie has urged me to post in Spirit of Line, so I have decided to dedicate my first post in over a year to the theme of daughters in etchings. We begin with William Lee Hankey’s etching of a mother and her baby girl, before moving to “Mother and Daughter” by the… Continue reading Daughters in Etchings
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
The Copenhagen Interior School was famous for its depictions of small, quiet interior spaces in houses with plentiful architectural detail. Peter Ilsted, who created this mezzotint of the morning sunshine, played with light in all of his works. The subtle colours mask a technical virtuosity that has been unmatched before or since. Both Ilsted and… Continue reading Morning Sunshine
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”
Happy Easter! The image above is Joakim Skovgaard’s mosaic of the Risen Christ! Here is another Easter image from Skovgaard — welcoming the thief into Paradise: A happy thought for all of us today!
Today, by tradition, is the Harrowing of Hell — the day when the risen Christ leads to salvation the souls of all the righteous men and women who died since the beginning of the world. Holy Saturday is always an odd day for me — caught in the liminal zone between the sorrows of Good… Continue reading The First Shall be Last…
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