Thursday, 14 March 2013

435 – Reading on the Rocks

Card no 435 –  Danielle
 Reading on the Rocks
Country Card Sent From: USA
Place that Card Sender Lives:  Omaha
Date Received: 7th March 2013
Distance Travelled: 4,122 miles
Time Taken: 5 days 

According to Wikipedia – “John George Brown (November 11, 1831 – February 8, 1913), British and American painter, was born in Durham, England, on 11 November 1831. He studied at Newcastle-on-Tyne, in the Edinburgh Academy. His parents apprenticed him to a glass worker at the age of fourteen, in an attempt to dissuade him from pursuing painting. After moving to New York City in 1853, he studied with Thomas Seir Cummings at the National Academy of Design, where he was a National Academician from 1861-1863. He was the Academy's vice-president from 1899 to 1904.  Around 1855 he married the daughter of his employer, the owner of a Brooklyn glass company. His father-in-law continued to encourage his artistic abilities, supporting him financially so Brown could paint full-time.   Brown became famous for his depictions of street urchins he found on the streets of New York, like bootblacks, street musicians, posy sellers, newsboys, etc.  Brown's art is best characterized as British genre paintings adapted to American subjects.  Essentially literary, it is executed with precise detail, but is poor in colour, and more popular with the general public than with connoisseurs.”
Well, that last sentence puts me firmly in my place because I love this painting.  I had it to send out and it was with great sadness that I parted with it so I’m really glad to have it back!

Danielle used a number of stamps again including this lovely ‘Sealed with love’ Forever stamp first issued earlier this year.

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