Early in 1910 E.A. Taylor, Jessie M. King’s husband, was offered a job as an art teacher in Montmartre at the Paris School of Drawing and Painting, founded by his friend ‘Professor’ Tudor-Hart.
The pair moved into an apartment which had been used by the painter and illustrator Maxwell Armfield, but their association with Tudor-Hart wasn’t a happy one and, encouraged by their experiences in the art scene in Paris, they decided to set up a rival private art school, The Sheiling Atelier, in the courtyard of their accommodation.
King had arrived in the city with a substantial commission for 18 watercolours of the bridges of Paris and she spent the spring of 1911 with her stool, sketch pads, and paintbox along the bouquiniste-lined quays along the Seine from the Pont de Tolbiac in the east to the Pont Royal by the Tuileries.
The paintings, in subdued greens, light ochres and watery blues had a wonderful stillness, so it was easy to forget that the scenes were right at the heart of a bustling city. It’s a beauty!
Bit of a dusty Marbled Monday here, as well as an unusually stained one. Hurts to see these old books flake and tear near the end, but seeing that deep blue murky marbling makes it all worth one last peek.
I'll be posting the full gallery once I'm done taking photos.
Today’s read is brought to you by Mr Hemingway himself. It still amazes me that these were once banned and copies burned...it’s so sad. I was able to rescue this copy from an online dealer a few years ago. It’s one of my most cherished books. #bookloversday#antiquebooks#ernesthemingway#oldbooks
Spot any favourites?
(Other than Pride and Prejudice, obviously! 😁) 📚
The other day I was listening to a podcast which is essentially just the biographies of famous writers and I was hit with the fact that Victor Hugo is more famous in France for his poetry. 😯
French bookstagrammers, is this true?!?
In the podcast I learnt a lot about his private life I wish I could unlearn! But in amongst the lurid details I also found out (possibly I already knew but had forgotten) that Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame is just called Notre Dame de Paris originally. I think this re-naming is a terrible mistake. It narrows in on one character and misses the breadth and depth of Hugo's vision. Let's start a petition to change the English translated title! 😁
And this post - yet another different pretty penguin edition and a really interesting selection of books. 📚
Have you read many of them?
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Du 12 au 14 avril au @le_grand_palais, vous pourrez découvrir de nombreuses sculptures, dont ces deux magnifiques bustes en marbre.
Le premier, présenté par la @alexandrepiatti est un important buste en marbre blanc représentant Jules César, la tête entourée d'une couronne triomphale, datant du XVIIe siècle.
Baroque Génois, Italie, H70 x L90 cm, photo @agencephar .
#foreedgefriday again! Today the Nice, blue edge of a copy of Chronicon Walkenredense by the German theologian Heinrich Eckstorm, printed in Helmstadt 1617. The former Cistercian abbey in Walkenried, Germany, was founded in 1127. Shelfmark: Hist. Tysk.