The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
A Passing Cloud (c.1908). Arthur Hughes (English, 1830-1915). Oil on canvas. The Pérez Simón collection.
'O how this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day Which now shows all the beauty of the sun And by and by a cloud takes all away’ — Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Hugues used these lines to give a clue to the attitude of the pensive young woman, who has just read a letter from an absent lover and is overcome by melancholy. The love, life, and joy of springtime is fragile.
Bookplate. Ignacy Paderewski. Artist: William P Barrett. 1908.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941), a virtuoso pianist, composer, politician (the first Prime Minister of independent Poland after World War I), humanitarian and orator, was universally acclaimed as a “Modern Immortal” by his contemporaries.
La Lettre (1908). Jean Béraud (French, 1849–1935). Oil on canvas.
Béraud was a student of Léon Bonnat, and exhibited his paintings at the Salon for the first time in 1872. He painted many scenes of Parisian daily life during the Belle Époque in a style that stands somewhere between the academic art of the Salon and that of Impressionists. He received the Légion d’honneur in 1894.