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A delight it is to sell a poster of Renoir’s charming child!

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Sarah

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I am reblogging this post to commemorate the birth of artist John Singer Sargent on this day in 1856.

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The Italian-born American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), who was renowned for his society portraits, persuaded Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) to sit for him in 1889. According to Tate Britain, where the painting is on display, this particular pose was never a part of her actual interpretation of Lady Macbeth, which she first performed opposite Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in 1888. The famous beetlewing costume was restored to its full glory between 2006 and 2011 and is back on display in the Ellen Terry Museum at Smallhythe Place in Kent, the last and much-loved home of the great actress. The Guardian reported in March 2011 that the gown ‘had led a hard life, particularly given Terry’s reputation for arriving late and dressing at frantic speed’.

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Sarah

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Marbled Blue Flask
Marbled Blue Flask by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK 1599 – 1641
born 22nd March

Anthony van Dyck - Self-Portrait circa  1618-1619

Anthony Van Dyck – Self-Portrait c. 1618-1619 [Wikimedia]

Anthony Van Dyck - Samson and Delilah  c. 1618–20

Anthony Van Dyck – Samson and Delilah c. 1618–20 [Wikimedia]

 RANDOLPH CALDECOTT 1846 – 1886
born 22nd March

Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott

Illustration from The complete collection of pictures & songs, "The Diverting History of John Gilpin".

Illustration from The complete collection of pictures & songs, The Diverting History of John Gilpin

Nothing connects these two artists bar the sharing of their date of birth. They make curious bedfellows.

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Sarah


Dame Ellen Terry by John Singer Sargent card
Dame Ellen Terry by John Singer Sargent by FirstNightVintage

The Italian-born American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), who was renowned for his society portraits, persuaded Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) to sit for him in 1889. According to Tate Britain, where the painting is on display, this particular pose was never a part of her actual interpretation of Lady Macbeth, which she first performed opposite Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in 1888. The famous beetlewing costume was restored to its full glory between 2006 and 2011 and is back on display in the Ellen Terry Museum at Smallhythe Place in Kent, the last and much-loved home of the great actress. The Guardian reported in March 2011 that the gown ‘had led a hard life, particularly given Terry’s reputation for arriving late and dressing at frantic speed’.

Have a great weekend.  Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


When I first joined the Zazzle community to sell my designs, I was very taken with the supportive environment.  Mindy Sommers was one of the first artists to visit First Night Design and comment on my work and when I visited her gallery, Yesterday’s Girl, I found myself in heaven!  I find her art so rich and varied, so beautiful and enticing.  Alongside her own work she sells a vast array of digitally restored vintage images from travel posters and classic advertising to the Masters, whether Klimt or Matisse, Monet or Mucha.

Mindy also has her own offline shop, Color Bakery, where she sells her work on tiles adorning tables, mirrors, clocks and many other home decor objects. Below is one of her designs being sold on Zazzle.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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