these are the timesdirty beloved


Naming the Stars
...and in the mist
of that later telling the bell tolling
now will be a symbol, or, at least,
a sign of something long since...
Joyce Sutphen
Poetry 180
a poem a day for American high schools

LoC poetry

...far from their homeland in the Wallowa Valley...
Chief Joseph's surrender to General Nelson A Miles October 5, 1877
LoC Today in History


Well, here's a fine how-d'you do.
The Image Base of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a massive art database which I would have normally been inclined to trust implicitly, has this image:
John Collier, artist
English, 1850 -
G. Sidney hunt, 19th - 20th century
but, at Dr. Matthew Eddy's History of Science HPSM MA Module Resource Webpage, we see the same image - this time with the notation:
Charles Darwin
Naturalist and Gentleman
By John Collier, 1883
National Portrait Gallery
and it is, in fact, no other than Charles Darwin, himself, there portrayed.

The Deceased Wife’s Sister Act may seem no more than a legislative curiosity today. Yet while it remained on the statute books it was the focus of intense, even obsessive, interest as Parliament continually renewed the well-rehearsed arguments for and against its repeal. By the end of the nineteenth century its notoriety made it an easy butt for satire: “And he shall prick that annual blister,/ Marriage with deceased wife’s sister”, promises the Queen of the Fairies in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Like Monty Python’s dead parrot, the Deceased Wife’s Sister Act had become humorous through incessant repetition. Yet although it was increasingly ridiculed the Act’s strange hold over the Victorian imagination cannot be denied.
Sarah Brown, University of Cambridge
The Literary Encyclopedia

The Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907 was a statute passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Previously, it was forbidden for a man to marry the sister of his deceased wife. This prohibition derived from a doctrine of Canon Law whereby those who were connected by marriage were regarded as being related to each other in a way which made marriage between them improper. This doctrine was reflected in the Table of kindred and affinity in the British Book of Common Prayer. Prohibition of marriage between certain degrees of kindred outlawed what is known as incest; prohibition between degrees of relationship by marriage (affinity) as opposed to blood (consanguinity) seems to have reflected an analogous taboo. At least one novel, Felicia Skene's The Inheritance of Evil; Or, the Consequences of Marrying a Deceased Wife's Sister addressed the topic in polemic fictional form.
from a foray into John Collier's life and work
started by ArtMagick


Desperately Longing for Something Original
Rafal Oblinski
A white scarf was discretely added over an artist's depiction of a mermaid with an exposed breast on a poster advertising the 2006 Miss World contest, after officials in Warsaw's conservative administration deemed it too suggestive, the artist's agent said Wednesday.
It was discretely added. What the mayor of Warsaw and his cohort altered there is substantially more important to the city than a poster by a local artist.
Warsaw's civic avatar is a mermaid, often depicted armed with sword and shield - naked, as mermaids are wont to be. She's a symbol of resistance and strength.
The people of Warsaw are proud of their symbol, which appears in many art forms, as the one on the left from the weekly magazine "Tygodnik Ilustrowany" in 1900. But however presented, the mermaid is always shown with sword in hand to indicate the fighting spirit of the citizens. Indeed, the people of Warsaw rebelled several times in the 19th.century against the Russian occupiers of the time.
In recent years, this spirit manifested itself in the continual struggle against the Nazis during World War II, culminating in the disastrous uprising of 1944 as a result of which the city was almost totally destroyed, and tens of thousands died. The maritime theme was also evident in the stylized PW symbol in the shape of an anchor that was scratched, painted, chalked on buildings, vehicles, signposts, throughout the five years of occupation.
The PW stood for Polska Walczaca, "Poland Fights."

Among the lesser-known legends is the one written by Maria Kr├╝ger entitled "The Noble Griffin and the Beautiful Mermaid." According to the legend, the security of the medieval city of Warsaw was guarded by a manly and noble Griffin. When he once took a journey with the river boatmen to the Baltic, he met a beautiful Mermaid. They fell deeply in love and the Mermaid swam with them back to Warsaw. From then on, they both watched over the townspeople.
The Little Upriser

Oracle at Delphi
Road to Damascus
Tai-Shan Schierenberg
"These instinctive visual images refuse to betray the plasticity of the medium."
'physically intense and aesthetically detached'

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