Saturday, October 18, 2014
tierradentro:

“A Venetian Courtyard at the Procuratie Nuove”, c.1760, Canaletto.

tierradentro:

A Venetian Courtyard at the Procuratie Nuove, c.1760, Canaletto.

Caricature portrait of officers in the Austrian army in Central Italy, 1740s, made by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674-1755).
The book I scanned it from has a transcription of the text in readable form; I’ll attempt a translation, modernising the orthography and punctuation because I know how to write in English but not quite in 18th century English:

Image on the L: The most illustrious General Perbusati, Milanese, whose head trembles and shakes [al quale gli trema e frulla la testa], he is a very experienced man with regards to war. He came with the army of the Queen of Hungary [Maria Theresa] to take Naples and told me they feared Gages [here spelled Gagge; José Buenaventura Dumont comte de Gages, commander of the Spanish-Neapolitan army], the Spanish cavalry and the foul air.
Image on the R: Lieutenant-Colonel Locviz [sic, Lobkowitz] son of Generalissimo Locviz; and this son of his, Knight of Malta, though very young is also going with the aforementioned army of the Queen of Hungary … This gentleman is a most gracious young man and it would be a pity if he were killed in some skirmish against the Spaniards.

Caricature portrait of officers in the Austrian army in Central Italy, 1740s, made by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674-1755).

The book I scanned it from has a transcription of the text in readable form; I’ll attempt a translation, modernising the orthography and punctuation because I know how to write in English but not quite in 18th century English:

Image on the L: The most illustrious General Perbusati, Milanese, whose head trembles and shakes [al quale gli trema e frulla la testa], he is a very experienced man with regards to war. He came with the army of the Queen of Hungary [Maria Theresa] to take Naples and told me they feared Gages [here spelled Gagge; José Buenaventura Dumont comte de Gages, commander of the Spanish-Neapolitan army], the Spanish cavalry and the foul air.

Image on the R: Lieutenant-Colonel Locviz [sic, Lobkowitz] son of Generalissimo Locviz; and this son of his, Knight of Malta, though very young is also going with the aforementioned army of the Queen of Hungary … This gentleman is a most gracious young man and it would be a pity if he were killed in some skirmish against the Spaniards.

Friday, October 17, 2014
cimmerianweathers:

Portrait of Dr. Thomas Penrose - Louis GauffierOil on canvasc. 1798

cimmerianweathers:

Portrait of Dr. Thomas PenroseLouis Gauffier

Oil on canvas

c. 1798

ladyinredcoat:

French soldiers by Lucien Rousselot: 

  1. Régiment d’Aunis, Régiment de Provence, 1767.
  2. Régiment de Berry, Régiment de Vivarais, 1770.
  3. Régiment du Dauphin, 1720.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
detailsofpaintings:

Sir Joshua Reynolds, Anne Molesworth (detail) 
1755

detailsofpaintings:

Sir Joshua Reynolds, Anne Molesworth (detail) 

1755

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
theflyingdutchmasters:

Jan Ekels (I) - Gezicht op de Dam te Amsterdam (1750-1781)

theflyingdutchmasters:

Jan Ekels (I) - Gezicht op de Dam te Amsterdam (1750-1781)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
ladyinredcoat:

Hannah Snell, enlisting in King George II’s Army, Illustration from “Munsey’s Magazine” by English school.

ladyinredcoat:

Hannah Snell, enlisting in King George II’s Army, Illustration from “Munsey’s Magazine” by English school.

I am pleased beyond description that Steh’ ich im Feld, mein ist die Welt has finally showed up on youtube.

marionmartigny:

Jean-Antoine WatteauDeux hommes et quatre chatssanguineBayonne, musée Bonnat© RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda

marionmartigny:

Jean-Antoine Watteau
Deux hommes et quatre chats
sanguine
Bayonne, musée Bonnat
© RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda

Monday, October 13, 2014
My husband and myself each sank upon the left knee and kissed the noblest, the most beautiful hand that has ever wielded a scepter. The Empress gently bade us rise. Her face and her gracious manner banished all the timidity and embarrassment we naturally felt in the presence of so exalted and beautiful a figure as hers. Our fear was changed to love and confidence. Her Majesty told my husband that she was afraid to speak German before the Master of that language. ‘Our Austrian dialect is very bad, they say,’ she added. To which my man answered that, fourteen years before, when he listened to her address at the opening of the Landtag, he had been struck by the beauty and purity of her German. She spoke, on that occasion, he said, like a goddess. Then the Empress laughed merrily, saying, ‘Tis lucky I was not aware of your presence or I should have been so frightened that I should have stopped short in my speech.’

Literary pair Luise and Johann Christoph Gottsched meet Empress Maria Theresa, 1749.

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