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Carlile’s portrait is the earliest work by a female artist in Tate’s collection

A 17th-Century portrait by the first woman in Britain thought to work as a professional portrait painter in oil is acquired by the Tate.

Source: Tate announces female artist first with 17th-Century portrait – BBC News

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Originally posted on Historically Speaking.

If someone is shilly shallying, they are acting irresolutely.   In other words, those who shilly shally can’t be pinned down one way or another to an action or a decision leaving others with no idea where that person stands.

The Glasgow Herald published a Letter To The Editor written by Alex C.M. MacNeill in March 4, 1977 where the author voiced his displeasure at the inaction of the political parties.  He took issue with the Labour, Conservative, and Liberal parties equally as the first (and only) sentence of his brief letter made clear.

The present attitude in Scotland to the shilly-shallying of the Labour, Conservative, and Liberal parties over devolution recalls to mind the saying attributed to one of the German conductors of the old Scottish Orchestra who was having trouble with a recalcitrant or incompetent brass-player:  “With your damn nonsense will I twice once put up.  But always?  Sometimes?  Never!”

In the October 16, 1942 edition of the Milwaukee Journal, Joseph Shechtman wrote about…

Source: Shilly Shally « Historically Speaking


René Descartes 1596—1650

Portrait of René Descartes by Frans Hals

Portrait of René Descartes by Frans Hals [Wikimedia]

The French philosopher René Descartes was born on this day in 1596 at La Haye en Touraine. The first quote below is, of course, the one that everyone knows in its truncated form, even if they have no idea who said it or what it means.

‘Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum.’
‘I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am.’

‘If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.’

‘The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.’

‘Conquer yourself rather than the world.’

‘Let whoever can do so deceive me, he will never bring it about that I am nothing, so long as I continue to think I am something.’

Dispute of Queen Cristina Vasa and René Descartes (detail of Nils Forsberg's (1842-1934) copy of Pierre Louis Dumesnil's (1698-1781) original.

Dispute of Queen Cristina Vasa and René Descartes (detail of Nils Forsberg’s (1842-1934) copy of Pierre Louis Dumesnil’s (1698-1781) original. [Wikimedia]

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Sarah


Reblogged from The Bright Old Oak

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Recognised as the first modern novel in history, “La Princesse de Clèves” has ridden a rollercoaster in terms of popularity and fame ever since its first publication in anonymous form in March 1678. Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, countess of La Fayette, simply known as Madame de La Fayette was a 28 year-old married woman when she saw her first work published in Paris. Following her début with “La Princesse de Montpensier”, the first volume of the romance “Zaïde” would be published seven years later, with a second volume following in 1671. Despite not having been spared any negative criticism, most works by La Fayette saw an overall interest and reception. The public was enchanted by her way of telling stories, as they would often remind the reader of contemporary life:fictional characters would often match with the reality of that time, attracting readers and turning her works into a first type of realist novels. There is no doubt that her 1678 book “La Princesse de Clèves” would be her greatest hit. Its theme and topics are so timeless we cannot help but wonder how readers reacted to the main storyline through the centuries. In fact, playwright Honoré de Balzac’s 1835 “Le Lys dans la Vallée” presents very similar circumstances to La Fayette’s novel in terms of love and relationships.

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Sarah

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