Water reed roof

In the picture: house in Kenilworth with reed roof



Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth is one of England’s most magnificent castles. When walking around the castle’s ruins you can see its magnificence, you can imagine how great it looked with its high ceilings, Gothic windows and the wonderful Elizabethan garden.
First built in the 1120s and a royal castle for most of its history, it was expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry V.
In 1563 Elizabeth I granted it to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted Kenilworth into a lavish palace.
The castle’s fortifications were dismantled in 1650, and the ruins later became famous thanks in part to Walter Scott’s 1821 romance Kenilworth.






The Three Graces


Have you heard about the Three Graces? Not the Greek goddesses, the elephants.

It all began with Samuel Lockhart (1851–1933), famous Victorian elephant trainer and the second child of the famous Lockhart circus family. His work with elephants took him all over the UK, including Royal command performances in front of Queen Victoria, Europe (where he ran his own circus France) and in the USA, where he worked for the famous Ringling Brothers Circus from 1896 to 1901. He has appeared in several historical books on the circus, including one children’s book completely dedicated to him (“Elephants at Royal Leamington Spa” by Janet Storrie, 1990), and the English town of Leamington Spa has several areas named after his most famous group of elephants “The Three Graces” (Wilhelmina, Trilby and Haddie).

The dapper little man with the magnificent white moustache was one of Leamington’s most recognisable residents in the years between the two world wars.

Edward Steichen – “The Flatiron”, 1904

525699_3892170664476_903111821_nEdward Steichen (1879–1973) – “The Flatiron”, 1904 [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Steichen a adaugat culoare printului de platina care formeaza baza fotografiei, folosind layere de pigmenti suspendati intr-o solutie fotosensibila de guma arabica si bicromat de potasiu. Fotografia este un studiu cromatic al amurgului. Indatorat, in ceea ce priveste compozitia, gravurilor japoneze, foarte la moda in acea perioada, si nocturnelor lui Whistler, in ceea ce priveste efectul coloristic. Acesta este un prim efort al fotografilor din cercul lui Alfred Stieglitz de a afirma potentialul artistic al fotografiei.

Gertrude Käsebier

559543_3892158424170_955713249_nGertrude Käsebier (1852–1934) – “Blessed Art Thou among Women”, 1899 [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

O descriere a idealurilor victoriene asupra feminitatii si maternitatii si o imagine asupra vietii domestice in cadrul miscarii Arts&Crafts.