sometimes i think the greatest thing in the world would be to live by myself on a beach somewhere with a roomful of books and a cat. sometimes, the crush of people is overwhelming.
PRE-RAPHAELITE ART BEATS RECORD
Tim Hunter: “This beautiful coloured chalk version of Proserpine by Rossetti is one of the most important Pre-Raphaelite works to come on the market in recent years. The composition is justly regarded as perhaps the artist’s finest achievement in capturing female beauty and this was the first time in over forty years that collectors have had a chance to acquire this work. It was formerly in the collection of William Graham one of Rosetti’s greatest patrons.”
Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti doubles top estimate and sells for 3,274,500 GBP at Sotheby’s London today during British & Irish Art Sale.
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI1828-1882
PROSERPINEtitled, signed and dated l.l.: PROSERPINA DGR 1880; inscribed with the artist’s sonnet u.r.
120 by 56cm.
Tim Hunter, Director, Gurr Johns.
"[Virginia Woolf] was one of the most beautiful women I’ve met in my life, really absolutely stunning, in a very strange way. Of course she was middle-aged when I knew her. She had the quality that manic-depressive people have of being up to the sky one minute, down into despair and darkness the next. She had these terrible phases, as we know now; but what one saw was her tremendous animation and fun, on a gossipy level. She loved tea-table talk. One time I was at her place with a lot of people, and something happened to me that’s never again happened in my life. We had tea, and she said, “Do stay to dinner.” So I did and sat there absolutely enthralled. And suddenly, with a terrible shock, at about ten in the evening, I remembered that I was supposed to be going on a very romantic trip to Paris with somebody who was in fact waiting at the airport at that moment. I had completely forgotten about it. She had that effect on people."
Spent the evening re arranging my books. Weeded out two paper bags full. The room feels so different now, but it had to be done. Lately I’m more of the mind of using the library and my e reader more and keeping physical copies of only those I really love. Which right now is about a dozen, give or take. Don’t get me wrong I have probably about a hundred or so, at least, in the house, but as I read them they’ll probably end up going to Goodwill. More often than not less is more.
I am feeling okay about this.
First page of Charlotte Brontë’s letter to her friend Ellen Nussey on the death of Emily Brontë (22? Dec 1848) [via Berg Collection, NYPL]
(Begins: ‘Dear Ellen Emily suffers no more from pain or weakness now. She never will suffer more in this world — she is gone after a hard, short conflict.’)
Catherine Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë).… she was never so happy as when we were all scolding her at once, and she defying us with her bold, saucy look, and her ready words; …