Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Posh Ladies

Aside

Ever since I spotted these two girls , in an antique shop in Sidmouth in the early seventies I knew I had to have them and they have been with me- through thick and thin - ever since. The top one is Lady Augusta Cadogan - drawn by John Hayter - engraved by H Robinson. On the back of the frame is a poem ( for the first leaves of her album). She herself seems to have been a painter.

The second one is Vicountess Adare - a member of the Irish aristocracy and a philanthropist. She is also drawn by John Hayter but the engravers are W and F Holl and also has a poem on the back of the frame. They are both beautifully framed but too large for my scanner and reflections made a photograph diffficult. I hope you like them.




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13 comments:

kenju said...

They are quite lovely, but my favorite part is the scroll-work around each.

Crabtree said...

Très belles !

Kim Ayres said...

Superb :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Posh and dainty and so feminine. I think something's been lost in our new, brash times. I wonder what people in the future will say about us today?

john.g. said...

Very nice. You have a good eye!

wontletlifedefineme said...

Oh, they're beautiful!

PI said...

Judy: it is delightful isn't it?

Crabtree: I'm glad you like it.

Kim: Oh I'm glad I scanned them now.

GG: not 'posh and dainty and so feminine' I think. But then one can hardly imagine them getting down to scrubbing the kitchen floor. A joy to look at - but not very practical I think.

John.g: praise indeed:)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, I LOVE them, Pat....They are very b eautiful in every way, including the frames. I'm so glad you still have them after all this time. There are certain things that one just "needs" and as King Lear said to his daughter, "Reason Not The Need..." I say, AMEN to that!

lom said...

Absolutely beautiful

Guyana-Gyal said...

Ah, but there's beauty in the impractical too. Though impractical people must be rather difficult to live with. Haha, now I'm going through my mind, trying to see who I know who's impractical or not.

PI said...

CG:on reflection these beauties were probably excellent at needlework, tapestries and performing at the pianoforte. 'Cos they were 'ladees'.

Adrián Boutureira said...

I've found a copy of her too! There she sits looking at me every morning (Augusta) In my copy, the lithograph is painted different.

She was indeed a painter (you can see some of her on the web) So was her mother, Honoria Cadogan.

Well PI I hear through the grapevine that MY Augusta was helping to arm the Irish independence movement while merely PRETENDING to be the perfect LAdee in wait! Dont let those big brown eyes fool ya! :-) :-)

Pat said...

Adrian: that is very interesting - I shall look at her with different eyes now. I wonder if they knew each other well with the Irish connection?