Thursday, August 10, 2017

CoBloWriMo Day 10: Visual Source

I have a lot of visual sources that I go to for inspiration and information, but one that sometimes slips my mind and allows me to rediscover it with much delight is the book Mrs. Hurst Dancing.


This collection of illustrations is just charming, and offers a really special look into the artist's everyday life.  There are scenes of her outdoor and indoor escapades with friends and family, with wonderful little descriptions of the activities.


Paging through this book just really gets me in the mood for all things historical and makes me want to go back and meet the artist and her subjects.  They seem so approachable and real!


I think what's so inspiring to me is that these are just normal people living their lives, not folks all dolled up for a portrait artist.  That, in combination with the endearing style, is really my cup of tea!

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  1. I occasionally coome across these pictures onoline, and yes, they are wnoderful! One of my favourites - from those I've come across - is a depiction of a big house cleaning!

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    1. Yes, I love those depictions of people doing just normal, every-day type things like we still do today, just in their charming historical setting. So lovely!

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  2. I think this book as published the Christmas before I stopped working full time to have my first child. I worked in a bookshop, and it was one of those Christmas best sellers, like 'country Diary'. It didn't appeal to me at the time, but it does look charming!

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    1. It's very quaint, but also a really fascinating look into the silly day-to-day happenings that make our ancestors so relatable. Highly recommended!

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  3. I love this book! Have you seen Sophie DuPont? She's good, too! https://www.amazon.com/Sophie-Du-Pont-Sketches-1823-1833/dp/0810911361

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    1. I haven't seen that, no! *instantly buys* Thank you!

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  4. I have never heard of this! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Oh, I hope you have a chance to peruse it. It's just so charming! I would so hang prints on my walls if I could get my hands on them.

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