The painting inspired me to write a little…
The faithful dog lives free of the mental tumult, that prevents us seeing the light, that through yonder window breaks…
To our side the faithful dog that bides and binds their time with us, lives free of the mental tumult, that prevents us seeing as they always do … the light in life … that late with hope through yonder window with beauty riven … quiet breaks …
interesting side note re this picture from its source
“Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, and London, Leighton House, Arthur Hughes: Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1971, no. 33.
A letter, sold with the picture, from Arthur Hughes to Margaret Finch, dated 8 September 1908 reads:
I am so delighted to know how much you like my picture, but cannot tell you how glad I am. I like it myself and rather think it among my better things. I know that altho’ they always I hope mean well, some turn out middling at last.
But, but, I cannot accept £75 for it from you, so please forgive me for so enclosing the cheque; and my proposal is that you write one for £60 – now that will be meeting your most generous mind quite satisfactorily, and more to me a great deal.
Your idea of taking the picture home with you is truly comic: and instead of that, you must let me have the address of the new abode, and I shall forward it straight there in a case, safely and properly I trust, about the time that your Staines treasures reach it. And now dear Margaret, about the price: this is the final word.”
do you hear the civility in that letter ? times were different then, refusing to take the greater figure already offered this is when englishness was great, when morality and integrity were greater than wealth.
and getting carried away I did another painting :
From the river born, to the river gone, now and forever more you merry brides of may, slip my hand backward through the glass black winding sheet, return to the deep of thy mothers supernatural flow, to the source … to the power … to the … wild … go.
see if you can guess which painting that relates to ? :)