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.
Reading Lesson (1865). Auguste Toulmouche (French, 1829-1890). Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Although Toulmouche also produced portraits and landscapes, he is primarily known for his intimate interior scenes of domestic life. His paintings exhibit the polished, academic style typical of Gleyre and his followers. In 1870 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
Dans la Bibliotheque (1872). Auguste Toulmouche (French, 1829-1890). Oil on canvas.
Toulmouche specialized in paintings depicting beautiful women within interior scenes (Directoire/Costume paintings). He first exhibited in the Salon of 1848.
At the height of his career, Costume painting came into the forefront. Patrons reveled in depictions of sentimental, romantic daily life. Success depended on the expressiveness of the characters, a quality directly derived from history painting.