Tag Archives: George Stubbs

high on the hog: boastful splendiferous types

…Of what there is no doubt is that this life was wasteful, extravagant, ostentatious- an appalling contrast, as Dr. Samuel Johnson noted, to the human wretchedness of rural or urban slums; yet it was saved both by its humanity and … Continue reading

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he let the dogs out

George W. Bush: painter. Painter of dogs and landscapes. And dogs in landscapes. … If dogs run free, then why not we Across the swooping plain? My ears hear a symphony Of two mules, trains and rain The best is … Continue reading

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wedgwood: let it be with the lunarticks

In the 1790’s however, this great group was fast breaking up. The turn of the century saw the death of many. Thomas Day was killed from a fall from his horse in 1789- with characteristic perversity he had refused to … Continue reading

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decided and optimistic views

Josiah Wedgwood and his friends were the most brilliant group in England in the eighteenth-century- brilliant if highly eccentric. Most are forgotten today, but collectively they changed the world… Devotion to science and a respect for the arts were not … Continue reading

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day: doomed in duplicate

Josiah Wedgwood’s friends numbered some brilliant but odd types. Most are forgotten today. Thomas Day made no great mark in the world beyond establishing an undisputed reputation for almost perfect eccentricity… Thomas Day was even stranger than Erasmus Darwin, whom … Continue reading

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friendship circle

Josiah Wedgwood and his friends. They were the most brilliant group in England in the eighteenth-century, and quite possibly the most eccentric.Some are forgotten today. Most actually. But some of them changed the world. it was a kind of parallel … Continue reading

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picture this

Children should be seen and not heard…. Hard not to learn something when your father, Josiah Wedgwood frequented such illuminaries in the eighteenth century ¬†as James Watt,Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin and on the artistic side, George Stubbs and the poetess … Continue reading

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wedgwood and company: men for all seasons

They were the most brilliant group in England, and quite possibly the most eccentric. Some are forgotten today, but some of them changed the world…. Eighteenth century England. Gifted, intelligent, and odd, it was a curious mixture of brilliance and … Continue reading

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proud as a peacock: roly-poly dandy

The Prince Regent’s first visit to Brighton, a short one, took place in 1783 at the invitation of his uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, whom the Prine’s father, George III, regarded with such horror that he had forbidden his son … Continue reading

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cats cradle: fatal feline attraction

Thorstein Veblen, as the previous post indicated, had little love for pets. Pets to him, represented the power of symbolism, the purchasing of things that people can’t use, and are wasteful, yet are endowed with a measure of status. In … Continue reading

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