Gaston La Touche, 1906
Gaston La Touche, 1906
19th century illustration by Ernst Häckel
Alfred Thompson Bricher “White Head, Monhegan” 19th century
Pride & Prejudice (2005) dir. Joe Wright
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
dir. Armando Iannucci
A Fog, 1887 by Frederick Daniel Hardy (English, 1827–1911)
On October 19th, 1851, Marie Thérèse of France–the only child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to survive the revolution–died at the age of 72.
In her last will and testament she wrote: “I pray God to shower down his blessings upon France—France, that I have never ceased to love even under my bitterest afflictions.”
Ophiuchus, Serpens, Scutum, Aquila and Antinous constellations, from Uranographia (1801) by Johann Bode
Illustrated London Almanack, 38, 1882, p. 11
19 October 1813–The death of Prince Józef Poniatowski
On the first day of the Battle of Leipzig (16 October 1813), Napoleon awarded Prince Józef Poniatowski his marshal’s baton after years of loyal and distinguished service. On the final day of the battle (19 October), the newly-minted marshal and his Polish troops were ordered by Napoleon to cover the retreat of the Grande Armée across the Elster. In the ensuing chaos as the Allies pressed their attack on Poniatowski’s rearguard, a French engineer prematurely blew up the bridge before the prince had been able to cross. Severely wounded, he drowned while struggling to swim across the river. His body was recovered several days later, and eventually buried in Wawel cathedral in Kraków.
General Savary, Napoleon’s minister of police, would later write of Poniatowski that “It was impossible to be more brave than was this prince: impetuous, magnanimous, and always amiable, he was as much esteemed by those against whom he combated, as regretted by the party whom he served.” Napoleon would describe him as “a noble character, full of honor and bravery.”
• Ambulance (Horse Drawn Military Ambulance).
Date: ca. 1905
Medium: Gelatin silver print
• Portrait of a woman, [Miss Wallace].
Place of origin: Sydney, Australia
▪︎Gable Decoration of Rama, the Seventh Avatar of Vishnu.
Medium: Wood, lacquer, glass, and mirrors.
Lieutenant-General The Hon. Sir Charles Stewart, later 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1813.
my darling, all i want is to be your moon and show you all the little stars of my heart ✨💛
Langton House (c.1888) has seen better days. The whole row of terraces that it book-ends is now used as university student share housing. Darlington.