On the special evening I am now going to tell you about, the weather was terrible indeed. My roof creaked and squeaked, now and then the sou’wester pushed smoke down the chimney….
“Mother, won’t you read to us?” said the Mymble children from their beds.
“Yes” said the Mymble. “Where did we stop?”
“Inspector-Twiggs-silently-crept-to-the-door” the children chorused.
“All right” said their mother. “Inspector Twiggs silently crept to the door. Was that a pistol barrel that gleamed for a second in the moonlight outside? Coldly determined, he advanced on the feet of Avenging Justice, stopped dead, took a step…”
“I like that story,” said the ghost. It was embroidering a sponge bag (crossbones on black flannel) while keeping an eye on the clock.
The Memoirs of Moominpappa; photos of a vintage jewellery shop in Charleston
An American artist whose picture reminded me of Van Dyck’s studies of Charles I’s children
Wayne Thibaud – Hamburgers and Ice-cream from the collection “Winter in New York”
Singer Sargent at his most talented catching a blustery day aboard a yacht – it makes me think that these women who are trying so hard to be elegant are probably being rainlashed somewhere off the coast of scotland.
Already thinking about my next US trip. Photos by Nichole Ciotti.
Gertrude Hermes was not just a sculptor but also a print maker and engraver. I missed an exhibition of her work at the Gunnersbury library a few months ago but hearing about it really made me want to find out more about her work. She looks like an independent spirit.
The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston is set in a fairly grand building, with mosaic floors and a grand hall that would give Tate Britain run for its money.
The collection spans from the portraits of the wealthy 18th century settlers to recent art installations,
from miniatures to traditional rush baskets,
and from artists of the Charleston Renaissance to those capturing the south today.
From top to bottom:
Betwixt and Between, Patrick Dougherty; Mary Whyte, Jill Hooper; The Wreck of the Rose in Bloom, John Devaere; Still-Life with Watermelon, Thomas Wightman; basket by Mary Jackson; Emma Doughty, Samuel Morse; General Pinckney, James Earl; John Moultrie III and family, Rigaud; Sarah Middleton, Henry Benbridge; Charlie’s at night, West Fraser; Line Street Railroad Crossing, William McCullough; It Needs Louise, Kate Gilmore; Lauren Fensterstock; wisteria and peonies, Caroline Petigru Carson; April, Childe Hassan; Girl in Toledo, Robert Hein; The Sisters, Charles Edmund Tarbell; basket by Mary Jackson; still life by Charles Fraser; Barbard Elliott, Jeremiah Theus; Joseph Hinson, Geslain; Mrs R V Hartel, John Robinson; Morning Light south Carolina, Anthony Thieme.
All photos October 2018.