|Hatshepsut c.1507–1458 BC|
|Djeser-Djeseru is the main building of Hatshepsut’s mortuary templecomplex at Deir el-Bahri. Designed by Senemut, her vizier, the building is an example of perfect symmetry that predates the Parthenon, and it was the first complex built on the site she chose, which would become the Valley of the Kings|
|Thutmose III out smiting his enemies|
|This early depiction of Hatshepsut shows her in female dress with a female figure.|
|In this later depiction she is in the male kilt, wearing the beard and is pretty flat chested.|
|Trade mission to Punt. These images show the first recorded transplantation of fauna.|
|The residents of Punt lived in stilt houses.|
|King Perahu and Queen Ati of Punt.|
Three Great Families and their Gardens – Caroline Rayman – BODFAS
First Bodfas of the year and I’m going to try to make everyone as they have all been so good. Arrived by the skin of my teeth again, I do hate being late and settled down to some stunning gardens.
Ho hum, that wasn’t what I got. The lecture was supposed to be about the gardens of the Astors, the Sackville Wests and the Rothchilds. What it turned out to be was a who’s who of the nineteenth and twentieth century, with the odd flower thrown in. There’s no doubting that Vita was a gardener of note but you felt very much that for the others it was just something to do with all their land. I’d have loved to hear revolutionary ideas about how they gave large parcels of land over as allottments or market gardens (obviously in the lower field where the peasants wouldn’t be noticed) but it was simply a talk about how wealthy they all were, how well connected they were, all the family in-fights and dynasties, which in itself was interesting but really it wasn’t a talk about gardens, gardeners or gardening. This quote summed it up
“No garden, however small, should contain less than two acres of rough woodland”. Lord Rothschild.
A good lecturer but on a subject that held little appeal to me with an emphasis that didn’t appeal.
The Sackville Wests
|Gerlach Flicke 1554|
|Coram by Hogarth 1740|
|Graham Children by Hogarth 1742|
|Garrick by Gainsborough 1770|
|Garrick by Reynolds 1760|
|Annie Miller as Helen of Troy, Rossetti, 1863|
|Lady Agnew by Singer Sargent, 1892|
|Whistler’s Mother, 1871|
|Ennui, Sickert, 1914|
|Laura Knight, 1913|
|Hilda by Spencer, 1937|
|The Clarks and Percy by Hockney, 1970|
|Dorothy Hodgkin by Maggi Hambling, 1985|
|Patrick in Italy, Hodgkin, 1993|
|The Queen by Freud, 2001|
|Longleat House 1580|
Little Moreton Hall was built in stages but was finalised to look how we see it today around 1560. Compare that to Longleat Hall which was completed in in 1580, only twenty years apart and yet they look like they come from different centuries. Out with the old and in with the new. Architecturally, this was a time a massive developments.
|Floor layout showing the revolutionary new hallway|
Finally, here is a very evocative piece of writing describing a female scholar and her chamber.
|Sadly there are no pictures of her room but maybe it was a bit like this?|
So, a whistle stop tour and the bits and bobs that I got out of it.
So my second BODFAS approached and I was determined not to make such a mess of it this time. However, the fates are cruel and things cropped up. The phone rang as I was leaving, the car needed fuel, there were massive roadworks and eventually I arrived 10 minutes late and had to sneak in and sit at the back. Naturally as I reached for my glasses I realised I had left them by the phone. AGH! A fuzzy shadow play of pretty things followed.
The Foundations of Fashion – Kate Strasdin
Well I’m just back from my first NADFAS talk. For a long time I’ve missed the lecture circuit and academic discussions and so it was nice to stumble across the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, recommended to me by a friend. I had managed to miss several talks and was most annoyed to miss The Treasures of Catherine the Great and The Architecture of Barcelona, so I was determined to not miss any more. You know how it is with work and families. It’s not made any easier by the fact that the talks are on a Wednesday afternoon, clashes with the auction house and the boys’ surf session (yes school is tough isn’t it?) and it’s over in Bodmin (BODFAS) so that takes more time out of the day. Anyway the joys of being self employed and having a great husband is that you can juggle things and so I headed off to The Secret History of Underwear.
The laughter helped me struggle to the end, and the applause gave me leave to return the mike and go and sit back down again. As soon as the light came on I scarpered bumping into a familiar face who complimented me on my bravery and recommended sitting at the back with her next time.