Monday, October 31, 2011

Painter: George Dunlop Leslie (1835-1921)

George Dunlop Leslie 1889
painted by James Hayllar
George Dunlop Leslie, born in London on July 2nd, 1835, was an English genre painter, author and illustrator. He came from a family of artists: his father was notable genre painter Charles Robert Leslie, his uncle Robert Leslie was a marine artist, his sister Mary Leslie (1833-1907) was also an artist, and his son Peter Leslie (1877-1953) also became an artist.

He studied art first at "Cary's art academy", then from 1854 at the Royal Academy. His first exhibition at the Academy was in 1859, and he showed his work every year thereafter. He became an Associate (ARA) in 1868 and a full Royal Academician (RA) in 1876.

Along with fellow artist, James Hayllar, they painted this portrait of Queen Victoria together for her Golden Jubillee in 1887.

Leslie had some Pre-Raphaelites influences. 
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Faith 1858                     In the Convent Garden

                                                  In the Wizard's Garden 1904 
                                             (One of my favorites)

Matilda 1860
Dante, Purgatorio, Canto 28 'For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work; I will triumph in the works of thy hands' - Psalm XCII, 4

He painted with the aim of showing "pictures from the sunny side of English domestic life". 
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Afternoon Tea 1865                        Apple Dumplings 
                                                     (One of my favorites)

Cowslips 1877                       Five O'Clock, cira1874

                                       Her First Place 
                                       (one of my favorites)

Home, Sweet Home                         In the Park 
                                             (one of my favorites)                                             

Potpourri                                      Rose Queen

Roses                                             Sun and Moon Flowers 1889

Tea 1894                       Ten Minutes to Decide
                                        (one of my favorites)

The Daughters of Eve                                               The Garland

The Goldfish Seller                           The Young Gardener 1889 
                                                          (one of my favorites)

He often used children as subjects and his work was praised by John Ruskin for its portrayal of the "sweet quality of English girlhood".
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Considering a Reply            The Nut Brown Maid
                                            (one of my favorites) 

         Kept In School 1878             Mollie, 'In silence I stood your unkindness to hear...' 1882 
                                                                       (one of my favorites)

Pussy Willow                    'Sally in Our Alley' 1882 
                                          (one of my favorites)

Sweetpeas                          The Gardener's Daughter 1876 
                                                  (one of my favorites)

The Lass of Richmond Hill 1876            The Town and Country Mouse 
                                                              (one of my favorites)

This Is The Way We Wash Our Clothes 
This painting was used as a poster in an advertising campaign for soap.
(one of my favorites)

Alice In Wonderland 
The artist's wife Lydia and their daughter Alice.
(one of my favorites)

Portrait of the Artist's Daughter - Alice Leslie

George Dunlop Leslie's style of paintings and his subjects are just so charming! I would love to own a print of almost any these delightful paintings!

Have you see George Dunlop Leslie's art before?
Which of his paintings are your favorites?

Very Truly Your's,

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm An Inspirational Blogger Award

I was very kindly awarded with the Inspirational Blogger Award by Miss Dashwood of Yet Another Period Drama Blog and Abby of Newly Impassioned Soul. Thank you ladies, I am honored!

Tag Rules:
1. Be sure to post the award on your blog, for all of your readers to admire!
2. You will need to link back to the person who nominated you!
3. Make sure you tell your readers 7 random facts about yourself!
4. Also mention your favourite hobby, color and food!

5. Pass this award on to your 10 inspirational bloggers! (You can choose the person who nominated you!)

Seven random facts about me:

1. I love hot tea! In the fall and winter I almost always have a cup of herbal tea next to me. My favorites are fruit flavors (peach, blueberry, cranberry apple), I'm not as fond of green tea or black tea. When I'm sick Echinacea tea is my best friend.

2. I'm always multitasking. When I'm blogging I enjoy having music, an audio book, a TV show or period drama playing.   

3. I love cats. My two gray and white kitties are great fun to snuggle with, talk to and tease. My older cat has been sick the last few weeks, she's quite an old lady but I'm going to miss her terrible when she goes.

Eilean Donan Castle - take by my uncle
4. My uncle in the Air Force just recently went to Scotland. I'm so jealous but he took some marvelous photos which I've been enjoying. It's refreshed my desire to visit Scotland some day!

5. Candy corn is one of my favorite fall treats.

6. My favorite items to browse through at a store are the scarves and bags/purses. When I first starting working for my current boss she must have thought I was crazy because almost every day I'd show up carrying an entirely new bag! I had so much fun with that! :)

7. My sister and I have been in a Christmas music mood recently, I know it's not even November yet but we've been listening to all of our favorite Christmas albums. 

My favorite hobby:
Probably blogging! I do it because I love it! Blogging combines all of my favorite things: writing, reading, researching, history, book, music and beautiful paintings and photos. And of course Jane Austen and period dramas!

My favorite color:
I usually say red, a deep rich red color. But I also love lavender/lilac and light green when paired together. 
I personally wear a lot of blues, browns and pinks.

Similar to my mine, I always cut my onions smaller

My favorite food:
Tricky one. Maybe pizza because I don't usually get tired of it and you can put anything on it. I love making pizza for my family, my pizza crust is a wonderful recipe that turns out so delicious! My family's favorite is when I make BBQ chicken pizza  (and for the guys Buffalo chicken pizza). Yum! :)

I'm passing this award along to:
Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Elegance of Fashion
Charity of Austenitis 
Net Movie Blogger of It's A Wonderful Movie
Pallavi of Period Movie Box

Thank you Miss Dashwood and Abby! This was fun! :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Screencap Game - Period Drama Couples

Ready for a little fun? Many period dramas include lovely scenes where the hero and heroine hold hands. 

How many period drama couples you can identify in the screencaps below?

Leave your guesses in a comment. 
I'll post the answers next Saturday!
















Put your answers in a comment. 
I won't publish your comment until other people have a chance to play. 
But I will be commenting with your scores so check back often!

Have fun!

Very Truly Your's,
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