Monday, 21 May 2018

An Owl

"An Owl" by Chinese artist, Huang Yongyu born Fenghuang 1924

At The Theatre, Symphony In Black

A painting by Russian born artist Erte 1892 - 1990. Roman Petrovitch Tyrtov adopted the pseudonym Erte from the French pronunciation of his name to avoid embarassing his family who wanted him to follow a naval career in the footsteps of his father, a Russian admiral. Erte had moved to Paris in 1910 where he lived with Prince Nicolas Ouroussoff.  He worked as a designer and produced more than 200 covers for Harper's Bazaar as well as illustrations for Cosmopolitan, Vogue and The Illustrated London News.  Working in Hollywood in 1925 he was responsible for fashion and set designs for a number of films including Ben Hur.

Self Portrait

Monday, 14 May 2018


Yes, I remember Adlestrop
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat, the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop-only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and Farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Edward Thomas