Strolling Actresses Dressing in Barn, 1738, genre engraving by William Hogarth, British genre artist, 1697-1764. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A copy of the 1737 Act of Parliament Against Strolling Players lies on the bed as these actresses in an unlicensed troop prepare for what will likely be their last performance.
Rue de l’Abbé-de l’Épée and the Église Saint-Jaques-du-Haut-Pas, Paris, France, 1872, oil on canvas by Johan Barthold Jongkind, Dutch, 1819-1891. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
A painter and print maker, Jongkind’s later work, as shown here, is a precursor of Impressionism.
Staircase in the Berlin Palace, 1828, oil on canvas by Eduard Gärtner, German 1801-1877. Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany.
This is a theatrical style illusion as the guards march toward us from the back and a servant and her child watch us from the foreground. The Baroque Berlin Palace, designed by Andreas Schlüter, was destroyed in World War II.
The Cradle Song, oil on canvas by John Atkinson Grimshaw, British, 1836-1893. Private Collection.
The young mother looks apprehensive as to whether or not her lullaby has worked. With a lovely soft light, this may be the afternoon nap when there is a respite from child care.
Grimshaw mostly painted cityscapes and genre scenes and is classed as a Romantic and Aesthetic artist.
The Old Tolbooth of Edinburgh During Demolition, oil on panel, attributed to Alexander Nasmyth, Scottish, 1758-1840. City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Rembrant’s Father’s Mill, oil on panel by Edward William Cooke, British, 1811-1880.
Cooke was a landscape and marine painter and gardener. He was also a draughtsman and skilled engraver. He publish Shipping and Craft, a series of engravings of ships, when he was 18 years old. Cooke began painting in oils in 1833.
HMS Victory in Portsmouth Harbour with a Coal Ship Alongside, 1828. etching by Edward William Cooke, British 1811-1880, from his own drawing.
The HMS Victory was the most famous warship in Royal Navy history. It was the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and is now a tourist attraction in the Portsmouth dockyard, Portsmouth, England.
The above print is part of a book by Cooke, Shipping and Craft, composed of 50 ship etchings and published in 1829 in London.
Broughty Castle During A Storm, 1810, oil on canvas by Alexander Nasmyth, Scottish, 1758-1840. Dundee Art Gallery and Museums, Dundee, Scotland.
Nasmyth worked and studied in England and Italy as well as Scotland and became the founder of the Scottish landscape tradition.