A myriad of time period dramas are upon us.
Queen Victoria’s friendship with her Indian secretary is shared in Victoria & Abdul. The Man Who Invented Christmas follows Charles Dickens in his journey to pen The Christmas Carol. And December 25th, a film reveals the wonder of the Victorian Circus through P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman.
Arguably best known for his sunflowers, there was one Vincent van Gogh thought better.
That painter was Claude Monet.
In a letter to his brother, van Gogh wrote: “[Paul] Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but – he likes mine better. I don’t agree.”
Will you? For many Victorian artist captured the blooms to canvas and each is as unique as the flowers themselves.
Love was in the era.
It was a period of grand gestures. There, the etiquette of flirtation was cultivated and scandalously abandoned.
Romance lived on the pages of love letters from Prince Albert to the chapters of timeless novels by the Brontë sisters. Their words still elicit excitement, reflection, joy, hope, and love.
The term “Crazy Quilt” refers to a type of patchwork quilt that was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But it could also credit those who attempted the stitchery.
In 1884, Harper’s Bazaar estimated that a full-sized quilt might take 1,500 hours to complete! If a Victorian sewed 8 hours per day, the masterpiece would be complete in 187 days. Otherwise measured as 26 weeks or half a year.
Fashioned from irregularly shaped pieces of fabric in a variety of exotic materials, Crazy quilts were especially trendy among urban, upper-class Victorian women. And this is why. . .