Thursday, 5 February 2009


This is my set Homework of five favourite paintings, I have a deep passion for Art so narrowing it down to only five is difficult.

It is interesting that some of the Artwork I steer towards are French, maybe to do with some of that French blood in me, also some Irish too.!

To be able to paint is a wonderful gift, sadly a gift that was not bestowed to me, but I am thankful at least that I can still enjoy the artist's wonderful creativity, painted by their own hand for other's to feast on with a passion like I do. Like a Book, they are very precious to me.

Maternity - By James Jebusa Shannon. 1862-1923 A genre figure and portrait painter who was born in the U.S.A. of Irish parents. He married Florence Mary Cartwright, they had a Daughter named Kitty.

Shannon came to London in 1878 aged sixteen. He studied at the Royal College of Art from 1878 to 1891 under Edward Poynter, receiving the Gold Medal for figure painting.

He became a renowned society portraitist, rivalling John Singer Sargent. His sitters included the Marchioness of Granby, Ellen Terry and Sarah Bernhardt.

He was knighted in 1922. A memorial exhibition of his work was held at the Leicester Galleries in 1923, and his work was included in the Royal Academy's Late Member's Exhibition in 1928.

His work is represented in many Museums including the Metropolitan in New York.

On The Terrace - By Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841-1919 Impressionist Painter born in Limoges - France. Renoir began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in Paris, gaining experience with the light, fresh colours that were to distinguish his impressionist work and also learning the importance of good craftmanship.

Woman In The Garden - By Claude Monet 1840-1926 Monet was the original founder of the French Impressionist Painting. Born in Paris to his mother a singer and to his father a grocery store owner. Claude Monet was the younger of two sons, Monet's father hoped he would continue the family grocery store business, but Monet had other idea's. To his father's dismay Monet openly declared his love of Art, and his hopes of living life as an artist.

The Letter - By Albert E Lynch 1851-1912 Born is Lima, he studied Art at L' Ecole des Beaux - Arts de Paris. The tem 'Beaux Arts' is the appropriate English equivalent of 'Fine Arts' and broadly speaking refers to the American Renaissance period from about 1890 - 1920.

My Family - By Arthur J Elsley 1860 - 1952 Elsley was born in London, he was known mainly for his sentimental pictures of children and dogs usually in domestic settings and the popularity found them much in demand for advertisements. Arthur's earliest known work was a Portrait Sketch of a little dog, entitled Vic (1871). At the age of fourteen he entered the South Kensington School of Art.

Peter Ustinov once said - 'If Bottecelli was alive today, he'd be working for Vogue', somehow I do not think so.!!


CAMILLA said...

For some reason the Painting's are not referring in line to the Biography's, as I have typed them so I will list them here.

Artist Shannon is the last painting on the page. Renoir is fourth down. Monet is third down. Lynch is second down. Elsley is first one down on page.

DJ Kirkby said...

My favourite of the ones you posted is the girl in the red dress, 'On the terrace' I think? Lovely blog post, easy on the eyes and brain, thanks.

Milla said...

You are such a romantic, Camilla and this shines out in your choice. By rights you should be able to waft in long dresses taking tea on the lawn! I always thought that the beginning of Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady was the most perfect in literature and these paintings have reminded me of that.

Frances said...

Camilla, I think that Milla has already captured some of my own reactions to your choices of beautiful paintings.

The city in which I live is often harsh. It needs to keep going 24 hours a day. It is a city in which many ladies might dwell, even now, but must call themselves women.

When I look at these paintings, and at the pictures that you often post for our owl perch, I always see ladies, and am reminded that it is really wonderful to be lady-like, like you!

Please do post another blog very soon. xo

seashell cosmos said...

Camilla, apologies, I thought I had left a comment here. Well, what can I say, Camilla, your such a lovely friend, a treasure to us all. Really, I cannot express how much joy I find in all the paintings you post on the perch. But mostly, your kindness to us. I thank you. Hugs from me, seashell. xxx

Faith said...

They are lovely Camilla. I do particularly like the same one as DJ Kirkby - that girl is so beautiful, how can someone paint like that? Wish I could!

CAMILLA said...

Thank you kindly for your comments.

Milla - wafting in long dress with tea on the lawn.....ah, like it, a gal can but dream.

Frances - I have a theme in mind for next blog, just need more time, days just whiz by.!

Frances and DJ KIRBY - I think the painting you both like is entitled THE LETTER by Albert E. LYNCH, (girl at desk). Faith, you will be able to paint like that, you have come on leaps and bounds with your's.

Seashell - thank you, like wise my friend.


Me said...

I think we are kindred spirits
we both like the same books, paintings and animals.
you can visit me at

have a nice weekend, Anna

CAMILLA said...

Hello Me,

Thank you for stopping by my blog, so kind.

I have been over to your post with the sweet Beatrix Potter, unfortunately I am unable to leave a comment,not sure why, so sorry.

Rob-bear said...

Ah, Camilla, even the Bear loves the art. Our daughter is a great enthusiast about Monet, so I'll try to "draw" her attention to that one in particular (may have to "borrow" and "forward" said piece).

And as Milla and others have said, you are such a romantic, "able to waft in long dresses taking tea on the lawn!"

"What is this life, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
That was Davies' assessment, the antidote for the city "needs to keep going 24 hours a day," as Frances put it.

Anticipate I'll see you on the Owl Perch tomorrow.

CAMILLA said...

Thank you kindly Rob-bear,

Your daughter and I have a lot in common with passion for Monet's paintings.

Love that quote- What is this Life, if full of care,

See you back on the perch.!

Casdok said...

They are all very beautiful paintings.

And good for you for being a whisle blower :)

kelly said...

Hi Camilla, thank you for stopping by. A link is always welcome, thank you. As for the background, I found the original on the internet but it was too busy for the blog background so I used a photoediting program to change it around, remove some bits and add others. I love all the paintings by the way, some of them are ny faves too!

Fran said...

Don't know much about Art, although I love looking at the paintings and your brief introductions to them. Thanks!

Exmoorjane said...

Dear Camilla....thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. You've been in my mind a lot recently....met up with @themill and we were talking about purplecooers - and obviously you were discussed with huge fondness. xxx

Melissa said...

Your blog reminds me of a lovely English rose.

It's truly romantic and beautiful.

Exmoorjane said...

Camilla, you are so lovely....thank you for all the gorgeous comments on my blog. Are you going to post again? You're often on my mind and I do so hope that life is being a bit easier for you...
Big hugs...Janexxxx

CAMILLA said...

Thought I would visit my page as was thinking heck have not posted a blog for simply ages. Huge apolgies Jane for not getting back to you here, thank you, life goes on even if the road is still a tad rocky but I shall keep smiling. Hope your move went well and you are enjoying new abodes.

Thank you all other fellow bloggers too.