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March 03, 2006

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Beth

I've just found your blog, I'm not even sure how I got here. I think maybe a link from Yarnstorm. Anyhow I love your "fantasy museum" idea! Great picks.

Helen

I'm not sure how to reproduce an actual picture, so here's the link to a rather small version of one of my favorite 'pinks', from my very own National Gallery of Victoria...that's Victoria, Australia.
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/european/em_ipa00084.html
"Miss Susanna Gale" by Sir Joshua Reynolds always charmed me -- I even bought the poster version when I was a teenager. I think her face is sweetly pretty without being saccharine or too angelic. She's a mere 14, but of course her costume is all grown up. She was the daughter of a Jamaican plantation owner, Francis Gale, but I'm not sure whether the backdrop is supposed to be Caribbean or classical English! I love the side note about the condition of the painting: "The painting was trimmed on the right edge in the eighteenth century, the result of seawater damage after a ship captained by Susanna's husband ran aground on the northwest coast of America." It really makes it come to life, and starts me wondering about Susanna, and what happened to her, and her life.

Helen

Oh, look what I did. Somehow I managed to make the link to the painting my own personal info! Perhaps it will fix itself...

Helen

Me again. I got distracted by the mechanics of posting Susanna, so I forgot to add that the Larsson painting of "Barbro" IS uncannily like Julia! It gives me a pleasant little shiver to see it. You simply have to get her one of those red stripey dresses, and a pair of clogs of course, and pose her on a ladder by the side of the house...although she probably won't go for the cute little bonnet. It's too tempting a coincidence to ignore. How often does one find one's own face, or one's loved ones', in a work of Fine Art? (Of course Julia is a work of fine art in her own right.) Just in your spare time, of course. I know you have so much of that!

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