Sunday, 23 September 2018

678) Robert Kelso Cassatt

Robert Kelso Cassatt (1873–1944). Son of Alexander Johnston Cassatt (brother of the painter Mary Cassatt).

Portrait of Master Robert Kelso Cassatt

Portrait of Alexander J. Cassatt and His Son Robert Kelso Cassatt

Robert and His Sailboat

677) Lydia Cassatt

Lydia Cassatt (1837 - 1882). Sister of the painter Mary Cassatt.

- "Her only legacy was her image, of a fresh-faced woman with a strong jaw and reddish-blond hair, in Cassatt's paintings, like ''Woman Reading'' and ''The Cup of Tea.''…/a-voice-out-of-the-silence-imagin…


Lydia at a Tapestry Loom

At the Theater

Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge

Thursday, 20 September 2018

676) Horace Robertson

Lieutenant General Sir Horace Clement Hugh Robertson, (1894 – 1960). Senior officer in the Australian Army who served in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. He was one of the first graduates of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, to reach the ranks of major general and lieutenant general.

- "Horace was nicknamed "Red Robbie" by his fellow schoolboys after his hair colour, in contrast to his older brother John, or "Black Robbie".

- "... and in the next few days comments by a 'sunburnt, red-headed Australian Brigadier' hit the headlines of the British press."…

- "A career soldier trained at Duntroon, the general was known as Red Robbie, not because of his politics but rather his shock of flaming red hair."…

675) Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston (1865 – 1917) also known as Fighting Fred Funston. General in the United States Army, best known for his roles in the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Philippine–American War.

- "His shock of red hair hinted at the explosive temper concealed by his dapper outward appearance."…

- "However, the City’s salvation already was under way. It started when the quake unceremoniously dumped a feisty red headed little general named Frederick Funston out of his bed in his home at 1310 Washington Street."

- "He was in his mid-forties and had red hair that was starting to gray at the edges."…

- "MacArthur and his host presented a striking contrast. Funston, 15 years older, was carrying much more weight on his 5’5’’ frame than in his youth, and his red hair and Van Dyke had gone gray."…

Saturday, 8 September 2018

674) Josiah Royce

Josiah Royce (1855 – 1916). American objective idealist philosopher and the founder of American idealism.
Royce stands out starkly in the philosophical crowd because he was the only major American philosopher who spent a significant period of his life studying and writing history, specifically of the American West. “As one of the four giants in American philosophy of his time […] Royce overshadowed himself as historian, in both reputation and output” (Pomeroy, 2). During his first three years at Harvard, Royce taught many different subjects such as English composition, forensics, psychology and philosophy for other professors. Although he eventually settled into writing philosophy, his early adulthood was characterized by wide-ranging interests, during which he wrote a novel, investigated paranormal phenomena (as a skeptic), and published a significant body of literary criticism. Only as historian and philosopher did he distinguish himself. 

- "When the University of California, in 1873, first opened its doors on the Berkeley campus, one of its entering students was a red-haired youth who had prepared for college in the San Francisco schools..."…/bio…/memoir-pdfs/royce-josiah.pdf

- "As for Royce's red hair, it was much remarked on during his lifetime."…

- "He was a sickly boy, short, freckled, with wild red hair; his mother did not allow him to play with the other children in the community."

- "He had a colossal head, with great bulging temples. crowned with a shock of red hair."…

673) Sally Fairchild

Sally Fairchild (1869 - 1960). Daughter of Charles Fairchild and Elizabeth "Lilly" Nelson. She made quite an impression on some very famous people of that era. There are descriptions of her by George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, the Fabian leader Beatrice Webb, and the Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry. Shaw took several photographs of her and corresponded with her for many years. She also gave a young Ethel Barrymore a letter of introduction to Shaw.

- "John Singer Sargent was a great friend, and painted many pictures of Sally, who had lovely red hair. Red hair fascinated Sargent."…/slideSingle.asp…

- "Sally’s portrait shows us the striking and self-assured woman Sargent captured that summer in Nahant. Her auburn hair and deep brown eyes..."

Portrait by J. S. Sargent

Sketch by J. S. Sargent

Sketch by J. S. Sargent

672) Billie Burke

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (1884 – 1970). American actress who was famous on Broadway, on radio, early silent film, and subsequently in sound film. She is best known to audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Burke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper film series. Her high-pitched, wavering, aristocratic voice was her trademark, which made her a frequent choice to play dim-witted, spoiled society types.
Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932.
She was born Mary Burke, the daughter of William "Billy" Burke and Blanche (née Beatty; 1844–1921), in Washington, D.C. She toured the United States and Europe with her father, who was a singer and clown and worked for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. 

On November 4, 2015, a crater near the north pole of the planet Mercury was named after her.

- "However, she was best remembered for her distinctive red hair."…/20-facts-about-ozs-bewitchin…

- "He was of Irish descent, with red hair, blue eyes and a fine singing voice."…/billie-burke-dead-movie-comedienn…

- "Standing out with her red hair and good comedic timing, Burke soon made her back to the United States and on to Broadway in My Wife (1907)."

 - "He [Mark Twain] would shake that beautiful shock of snowy white hair and lean his wonderful head against mine to say 'Billie, we redheads have to stick together'"…