Tag Archives: Painting

1904: Discarded Treasures

John Frederick Peto: Discarded Treasures (c. 1904) At some point, someone added the forged signature “W M”—for the popular trompe l’oeil painter William Harnett (1848-1892)—to this painting by John Frederic Peto. In the 1940’s, however, it was observed that paintings … Continue reading

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1883: Umbrella

“What is it I am painting ? A little girl who has put her black petticoat over her shoulders, and is carrying her umbrella open. I am working out of doors, and it rains almost every day.” Marie Bashkirtseff: The … Continue reading

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1655: Headless Horsemen

In the turmoil of the English Civil War (1642-1651), an engraving based on this portrait of King Charles I underwent a remarkable number of transformations. The original portrait was painted by Anthony van Dyck in 1633 (above). The French engraver … Continue reading

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1890: The Sea

Thomas Alexander Harrison: The Sea. I think this is a photogravure print of one of his paintings. I made up the date.

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1915: Swan

Hilma af Klint: The Swan, No. 19, Group IX-SUW (1914-1915)

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1921: Important People

George W. Lambert: Important People (1914-1921) “By creating a portrait of ordinary people—a flower-seller, a clerk and a boxer—George W Lambert sought to parody the convention of only those with wealth or social status having their portraits painted. He questioned … Continue reading

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1585: A Young Daughter of the Picts

Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues: A Young Daughter of the Picts (ca. 1585) An engraving based on this miniature appeared in the section on Picts and ancient Britons in Thomas Hariot’s Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land … Continue reading

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