Sunday, September 30, 2007
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
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Wonderful artwork of James Tissot. He did some glorious images of women in social situations. (October 15, 1836 - August 8, 1902)
Sometime in the 1870s Tissot met a divorcee, Mrs. Kathleen Newton, who became his companion and the model for many of his paintings. Mrs. Newton moved into Tissot's household in 1876 and lived with him until her suicide in the late stages of consumption in 1882 at the age of 28.
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Friday, September 28, 2007
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Many writers have attempted to describe the Gibson Girl, but Susan E. Meyer, in her book America's Great Illustrators did it best and most simply:
"She was taller than the other women currently seen in the pages of magazines.. infinitely more spirited and independent, yet altogether feminine.
She appeared in a stiff shirtwaist, her soft hair piled into a chignon, topped by a big plumed hat. Her flowing skirt was hiked up in back with just a hint of a bustle.
She was poised and patrician. Though always well bred, there often lurked a flash of mischief in her eyes."
She is of course, writing about Charles Dana Gibson..
famous illustrator ...
The "inventor" of this elegant, willowy image of feminine beauty was born on September 14, 1867 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a descendant of sturdy, hard-working New England stock.
His father was a Civil War lieutenant who dabbled as an amateur artist, and his mother was a warm-hearted spontaneous woman who lavished affection and encouragement on her five children. During a childhood illness, Gibson's father taught him how to make silhouettes of people, animals, and trees, and eventually Charles became so adept at it that when he was twelve, his parents entered his work in an exhibition that gained him his first recognition as an artist.
I love his gorgeous illustrations.. *(s)
Posted by whimsywhispers at 11:00 AM
I hope you are enjoying my blog....
I'd love to hear from you if you are... of if you have saved any of the goodies I've created for you. Don't forget I've got Yahoo groups where I share more things each day. You are invited to join us there. The Victorian group is called "Lavender and Lace" and as it's name suggests it's full of very elegant and pretty things including stationeries for Outlook Express or Incredimail.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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Monday, September 24, 2007
I hope you are enjoying your visit to my blog..... if you are I'd love to hear from you ... my little guestbook in the right hand side columns ..gives you space to leave me a comment or contact me.
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Saturday, September 22, 2007
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Click on the image to see the original size and save it from there.
One can never have too many pretty cards to send to friends for all occasions. I hope you like this one and add it to your stash.
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Friday, September 21, 2007
Click on the link above to read about this very clever dress designer and see some more of his gorgeous creations.
Spectacular dresses from the Victorian era .... these were worn by real women and donated to the museum. Click to see them full size.
Posted by whimsywhispers at 9:08 PM
I love doing cards for my groups... always click on the small preview to get the full size so you can save it...
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"The Father of A Thousand Girls", HARRISON FISHER (1875-1934) showed an early interest in drawing and from the age of six was instructed by his father, Hugh Antoine Fisher, a landscape painter. When his family moved from Brooklyn to San Francisco, Harrison studied there at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art. At sixteen, Fisher had begun to make drawings for the San Francisco Call and later for the Examiner.Soon after returning to New York, Fisher sold two sketches to Puck Magazine which also hired him as a staff artist. He became noted for his ability to draw beautiful women, and his Fisher Girls became rivals to those of Gibson and Christy. The American Girl was a favorite theme for the magazine then, and Fisher did cover illustrations for most of them. For many years he was under an exclusive contract to do covers for Cosmopolitan, but eventually he restricted himself to painting portraits including many actresses and theatrical personalities. - Walt Reed
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Beautiful vintage brooches.... click on them for a full size look.
Gorgeous.. I love bows... it makes you wonder who wore them.. who did they belong to... what was their life like. I guess they were wealthy, perhaps living in big Victorian homes.
Posted by whimsywhispers at 1:25 PM
A pretty wallpaper for you from Bows and Beauties Collection at Whimsydust.com
There are lots of gorgeous goodies in that Collection. I hope you enjoy this wallpaper for your computer screen. click on it for a full size version which you can save.
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