Saint Dominic, also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruega, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170 – 1221). Castilian Catholic priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers.
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Pietro Carnesecchi (1508 – 1567). Italian humanist.
Only portraiture for now.
Monday, 28 December 2020
Stefano Amato (1957 - 2005). Italian actor.
Saturday, 26 December 2020
Donna Virginia Bourbon del Monte dei principi di San Faustino (1899 – 1945). Wife of Edoardo Agnelli and the mother of Gianni Agnelli (principal shareholder of FIAT).
Tiye (c. 1398 BC – 1338 BC, also spelled Tye, Taia, Tiy and Tiyi). Daughter of Yuya and Tjuyu. She became the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III. She was the mother of Akhenaten and grandmother of Tutankhamun. In 2010, DNA analysis confirmed her as the mummy known as "The Elder Lady" found in the tomb of Amenhotep II (KV35) in 1898.
Friday, 25 December 2020
Joe Sentieri (byname of Rino Luigi Sentieri; 1925 - 2007). Italian singer and actor.
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Katherine Aurora "Kitty" Kirkpatrick (1802 – 1889). British
Anglo-Indian woman best known as a muse of the author Thomas Carlyle,
and as an example of Eurasian children during the early years of British
colonialism in India.
Her father, James Achilles Kirkpatrick, was the British Resident in Hyderabad and a colonel in the British East India Company's army. Her mother, Khair-un-Nissa, was a Hyderabadi noblewoman and a Sayyida, a lineal descendant of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, whose grandfather was the prime minister of Hyderabad.
In 1805, Kitty and her brother William were sent to live in England at age three and five years, respectively, with their paternal grandfather, Colonel James Kirkpatrick.
In 1822 she met the Scottish philosopher and historian Thomas Carlyle, who swiftly became infatuated with Kirkpatrick. However, Carlyle was impoverished and not believed by the rest of the family to be a suitable match for the wealthy and well-connected Kitty. Carlyle would later use Kitty as the basis for the Calypso-like Blumine in his novel Sartor Resartus.
On 21 November 1829, Kitty married James Winslowe Phillipps (1802-1859), an army officer in the 7th Hussars Regiment, and a member of the Kennaway family, which also had Indian connections. It was evidently a happy marriage, Kirkpatrick and Phillipps went on to have seven children, of whom four survived to adulthood.
- "... a strangely complexioned young lady, with soft brown eyes and floods of bronze-red hair, really a pretty-looking, smiling, and amiable though most foreign bit of magnificence and kindly splendour. — Thomas Carlyle, Reminiscences" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Kirkpatrick
- "... and below her ‘topi’ is a hint of the red hair that would be much admired in the years to come." https://www.pakistanlink.org//Opinion/2006/Jan06/13/03.HTM
|Portrait of Kitty and her brother William, by George Chinnery|
Sunday, 27 September 2020
- "Lees-Milne satirically caricatured the connection between Lady Sybil’s red hair and her abode, noting her ‘orange bonnet, draped with an orange scarf… orange hair’..." https://attinghamparkmansion.wordpress.com/…/lady-sybil-gr…/
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
A gifted concert violinist of international repute, her considerable talents and reputation were eventually eclipsed by those of her lover, in whose shade she appeared content to remain. In return, Pound was more loyal, not to say faithful, to her than to any of his many other mistresses. He dedicated the final stanza of his epic The Cantos to her, in homage and gratitude for her courageous and loyal support of Pound during his 13-year incarceration in a mental hospital after having been indicted for treasonous activities against the United States and in support of Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. She also defended Pound against the accusation that he was anti-Semitic. During the last 11 years of Pound's life, Rudge was his devoted companion, secretary, and nurse, as he sank into eccentricity and prolonged silences.
- Line from a poem written by Pound to Olga: "... her red head a flask of perfume." https://publicism.info/biography/ezra_pound/21.html
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
- "While it’s hard enough getting through life as a Jew, he was also a ginger." https://jewfros.wordpress.com/…/larry-fine-half-a-ginger-j…/
-" The Howard brothers, those two masters of mayhem, who teamed with brother Moe and red-headed Larry Fine..." https://www.latimes.com/…/la-xpm-1992-11-22-vw-2429-story.h…
Howard was forced to leave the Three Stooges act in May 1946 when a massive stroke ended his show-business career. He suffered through serious health problems and several more strokes until his death in 1952 at age 48.
- "However, Healy felt that Curly, with his thick, chestnut-red hair and elegant waxed mustache, did not look like a funny character." https://stooges.fandom.com/wiki/Curly_Howard
- "Jerome, who went by Jerry, had brownish-red hair and a handlebar mustache, and Healy didn't think people would laugh at him." https://www.grunge.com/…/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-the…/
- "Healy took one look at Jerry, who had long red locks and facial hair, and decided he did not have the look that Moe and Larry had." https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/literary-cul…/…/Fine__Larry
Monday, 6 July 2020
- "The young Willis, red-haired and blue-eyed, the fourth of six children..." https://books.google.it/books…
The Rumford fireplace created a sensation in London when he introduced the idea of restricting the chimney opening to increase the updraught, which was a much more efficient way to heat a room than earlier fireplaces. He and his workers modified fireplaces by inserting bricks into the hearth to make the side walls angled, and added a choke to the chimney to increase the speed of air going up the flue. The effect was to produce a streamlined air flow, so all the smoke would go up into the chimney rather than lingering, entering the room, and often choking the residents. It also had the effect of increasing the efficiency of the fire, and gave extra control of the rate of combustion of the fuel, whether wood or coal. Many fashionable London houses were modified to his instructions, and became smoke-free.
Thompson became a celebrity when news of his success spread. His work was also very profitable, and much imitated when he published his analysis of the way chimneys worked. In many ways, he was similar to Benjamin Franklin, who also invented a new kind of heating stove.
The retention of heat was a recurring theme in his work, as he is also credited with the invention of thermal underwear.
In 1804, he married Marie-Anne Lavoisier, the widow of the great French chemist Antoine Lavoisier.
- "A handsome, red-headed, pearly toothed individual..." https://books.google.it/books…
- "The child has a striking similarity to Benjamin Thompson - red hair, blue eyes, and crested eyebrows." https://books.google.it/books…
Saturday, 4 July 2020
Walker is best known as the co-inventor of the famous Walker Colt revolver, along with arms manufacturer Samuel Colt. Walker is said to have self-funded a trip to New York City to meet with Colt and proposed to him the concept of a weapon based on the then-popular five-shot Colt Paterson revolver, with many enhancements such as adding a sixth round, being powerful enough to kill either a man or a horse with a single shot and quicker to reload.
Colt asked Walker to help him with the design and used his prototype and Walker's improvements to create a new design. Blake produced the first thousand-piece order, known as the Colt Walker. The company then received an order for an additional one thousand more. Colt's share of the profits was $10.
By 1847, the new revolver was available. The United States Army's mounted rifle companies were issued them, and they proved extremely effective.
- "Born on February 24, 1817, in Toaping Castle, the red-headed, blue-eyed Walker lived only thirty-two years." https://books.google.it/books…
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
In 1928 the Baird Television Development Company achieved the first transatlantic television transmission. Baird's early technological successes and his role in the practical introduction of broadcast television for home entertainment have earned him a prominent place in television's history.
- "... and peering intensely at curious onlookers through wire rim glasses framed by a shock of floppy red hair." https://books.google.it/books…
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
In 1961, Leiris was made head of research in ethnography at the C.N.R.S. (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and published numerous critical texts on artists he admired, including Francis Bacon, a close friend for whom he had modeled. Considered a leading figure in 20th century French literature, Michel Leiris left a considerable number of works, as diverse as they are numerous: autobiographical works, art criticism, music criticism and scientific contributions.
With Jean Jamin, Leiris founded Gradhiva, a journal of anthropology in 1986. The journal is now the journal of anthropology and museology of the Musée du quai Branly (Paris, France).
Leiris was also a talented poet, and poetry was important in his approach to the world.
Duke was a fourth-year surgery resident at Parkland Hospital the day President John F. Kennedy and Texas Gov. Connally were shot and rushed to that hospital. Upon their arrival, Duke says, "It didn't take long to appreciate the gravity of the situation." When asked what can you do for him, he said, "I can't do much for a dead man." He is credited with saving the life of Gov. Connolly.
Duke was a founding member of the American Trauma Society and was an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor for the American College of Surgeons. He was named Surgeon of the Year by the James F. Mitchell Foundation in 1988. Duke's efforts to educate the public in health issues and tireless work as a crusader against trauma brought him into serious consideration for the position of Surgeon General of the United States in 1989.
- "He grew up in Hillsboro and was given the nickname “Red” for his curly red hair." https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search…
- "There he acquired his nickname, “Red,” for his curly red locks." http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search…
- "During his childhood, he earned the nickname “Red” because of his curly reddish hair..." https://www.tmc.edu/…/uthealth-art-wall-remembers-dr-james…/
- "... John Eglinton, with his 'rufous' hair..." https://books.google.it/books…
- "I noticed a thin, small man with dark red hairgrowing stiffy over a small skull..." https://books.google.it/books…
Her first husband was Berrien "Red" Kinnard Upshaw.
- "She was a tiny woman, with auburn hair and the flawless, milky complexion she attributes to the heroine of her novel." https://books.google.it/books…
- "Peggy, as she was known, was less than five feet tall, with auburn hair, blue eyes and a creamy white complexion." https://books.google.it/books…
- "She was a strikingly attractive girl with reddish brown hair and brilliant blue eyes..." https://books.google.it/books…
In 1919 he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, but resigned for academic deficiencies on January 5, 1920. He was readmitted in May, then 19 years old, and spent two months at sea before resigning a second time on September 1, 1920. Unsuccessful in his educational pursuits and with no job, in 1922 Upshaw earned money bootlegging alcohol out of the Georgia mountains.
Although her family disapproved, Mitchell and Red married on 1922; the best man at their wedding was John Marsh, who would become her second husband. The couple resided at the Mitchell home with her father. By December the marriage to Upshaw had dissolved and he left. Mitchell suffered physical and emotional abuse, the result of Upshaw's alcoholism and violent temper. Upshaw agreed to an uncontested divorce after John Marsh gave him a loan and Mitchell agreed not to press assault charges against him. Upshaw and Mitchell were divorced on 1924.
- "He was “broad-shouldered, six feet and two inches, had brick-red hair, green eyes, and a cleft chin”..." https://zi.media/@beeigood/post/Kn2Tgj
Debussy was greatly taken with her, and she inspired him to compose: he wrote 27 songs dedicated to her during their seven-year relationship.
Marie Vasnier ended her liaison with Debussy soon after his final return from Rome, although they remained on good enough terms for him to dedicate to her one more song, "Mandoline", in 1890.
- "... where he met Madame Marie-Blanche Vasnier, a high coloratura soprano with striking red hair and green eyes." https://search.proquest.com/…/f3e3d20734f75019f1a75a84ed…/1…
- "But Marie Vasnier, a striking redhead with green eyes and a high, agile soprano voice, returned Debussy’s interest and they were lovers for some years..." https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/tw.asp…
- "Her hair was red to brown and she sang with a lovely light voice to professional standard." https://www.rodoni.ch/OPERNHAUS/pelleas/Debussy2.pdf
Following an eight-year-long affair, in 1919 Dahon married playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. In 1940, Maeterlinck and Dahon were forced to flee their home in Paris with her parents due to the advance of the Germans. After the war, they were able to return to their home "Orlamonde" in Nice in 1947.
Renée Dahon was a popular actress in Paris. She became known at age 18 for her role as Tyltyl in The Blue Bird. Georgette Leblanc, Maurice Maeterlinck's then-partner, selected and coached her for the role. She also acted in several films.
- "His wife Renee, a beautiful red haired actress, stood next to Maurice, clutching the cage with their beloved blue birds." https://windowstoworldhistory.weebly.com/maurice-maeterlinc…
For many years Leblanc was the lover of Belgian playwright and writer Maurice Maeterlinck, and he wrote several parts for her within his stage plays. She portrayed the role of Ariane in Ariane et Barbe-bleue, both in the original 1899 stage play by Maeterlinck and in the 1907 opera adaptation by Paul Dukas. Leblanc also appeared in a couple of French films, most notably L'Inhumaine in 1924. In the last few decades of her life she turned to writing, producing two commercially successful autobiographies and several children's books and travelogues.
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
- "A drooping lower lip and a great deal of frizzy red hair and beard were drawbacks which Dujardin had attempted to temper by being something of a dandy." https://books.google.it/books…
In 1913, along with Eugène Hublet, Pierre Bissérié and Jean Bellemère, he published the only issue of the magazine «En route mauvaise troupe» and the four pamphlets of «Canard Sauvage».
During the First World War he was wounded near Brest, in France, and the following year he met André Breton in the hospital of Nantes. This meeting will be at the basis of the surrealist theory.
He died from an overdose of opium.
- "... he was a cold, cynical bastard who made his own life into a myth, dressing very elegantly, with every hair in place—he had bright red hair—and doing anything he could think of to shock people in public." https://artauddesnosthenovel.com/…/from-book-2-jacques-vac…/
- "One year older than I, he was a very elegant man with red hair..." https://books.google.it/books…
A large collection of her papers on Gurdjieff's teaching is now preserved at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
- "Margaret Anderson dyed her red hair blonde and also became a recluse..." https://books.google.it/books…
She graduated from the London School of Economics in 1914 and later she became a student of the occultist Aleister Crowley. She and other students worked with Crowley on his Magick (Book 4) (1912) and were given co-authorship credit.
In mid-1921 she spent about twelve weeks at Aleister Crowley's Abbey of Thelema in Sicily; she found the practices there shocking, and came away with a drug habit. In 1922 and 1923 she spent periods near Tyneham, Dorset, and her novels of the 1920s make much of the Dorset landscape. In 1923 her book of stories, Speed the Plough and other stories was published; which was followed in 1925 by her first novel, Ashe of Rings, an anti-war novel with supernatural elements.
Butts was an ardent advocate of nature conservation, and attacked the pollution of the English countryside in her pamphlets Warning To Hikers and Traps For Unbelievers.
- "The English writer Mary Butts, a devoted opium smoker with tangled red hair..." https://books.google.it/books…
- "Mary was a tall, lovely and outgoing woman with carrot-red hair..." https://books.google.it/books…
- "Aleister Crowley described her as a 'large, red-haired maggot' (or words to that effect)". https://books.google.it/books…
- "Harold Acton’s Memoirs of an Aesthete (1948) details ‘the fringe of the Montparnasse bars’ where ‘a few talented story-tellers’ were ‘running to seed, like poor, generous red-haired Mary Butts’." https://popocculture.stir.ac.uk/2016/08/10/andrewradford/
|Portrait by Cedric Morris|
After the First World War, Logan accepted the position of director at the Bellevue Art Training Center, in Paris, and also taught classes at the Louvre. He remained in Paris for almost twenty years. During his career, Robert Fulton Logan created over one hundred architectural etchings of scenes in France, Germany and Holland. The first important one-man showing of his etched art was held at the American Chamber of Commerce, Paris, (1922) and then at annual exhibitions at the Galerie Marcel Guiot. On his return to the United States in 1934, Logan accepted the position of Chairman of the Department of Art at Connecticut College, remaining there until his retirement in 1954. Robert Logan was a full member of the Chicago Society of Etchers, the National Arts Club (1922) and the Société internationale de la gravure originale en noir (1921).
- "... is the red-haired, bespectacled man of several signature poems." https://books.google.it/books…
|Notre Dame de Paris (1925, etching and aquatint)|
In 1913, Barnes began her career as a freelance journalist and illustrator for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Later, Barnes' talent and connections with prominent Greenwich Village bohemians afforded her the opportunity to publish her prose, poems, illustrations, and one-act plays in both avant-garde literary journals and popular magazines, and publish an illustrated volume of poetry, The Book of Repulsive Women (1915).
In 1921, a lucrative commission with McCall's took Barnes to Paris, where she lived for the next 10 years. In this period she published A Book (1923), a collection of poetry, plays, and short stories, which was later reissued, with the addition of three stories, as A Night Among the Horses (1929), Ladies Almanack (1928), and Ryder (1928).
During the 1930s, Barnes spent time in England, Paris, New York, and North Africa. It was during this restless time that she wrote and published Nightwood.
- "Djuna Barnes once said she was the "most famous unknown of the century," though her writing and painting distinguished her, as did her haughty, cape-tossing gestures, auburn hair and acerbic wit." https://muse.jhu.edu/article/409576/pdf
- "Djuna Barnes had red hair and became a recluse." https://books.google.it/books…
- "Her mouth has an irresistible laugh and she squeezes her auburn hair tightly under her hat in the manner of Manet..." https://books.google.it/books…
- "Barnes became know for her distinct beauty - she was tall, with rippling auburn hair, sharp tilted features and cat-shaped eyes - and her distinctive style." https://books.google.it/books…
- “I’m deeply American,” insists the ginger-haired artist, who speaks fluent Italian and English with a dash of Brooklynese." https://people.com/…/sculptor-beverly-pepper-is-the-art-wo…/
Monday, 15 June 2020
An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic tapestries and fine art prints.
Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN and the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opéra.
Before World War I, he travelled between Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country's most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1923.
He experienced modernism's "golden age" in Paris, where "he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism.
"When Matisse dies," Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, "Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is".
- "It may be a nickname for the red-haired painter..." https://books.google.it/books…
|Self-Portrait with Palette|
|Portrait of Marc Chagall, by Yuri Pen|
- "She had red hair and the warm heart that often accompanies it." https://books.google.it/books…
|Portrait by François Villon|
The majority of her work came in the 1970s on British television when she appeared on Elizabeth R, Dead of Night, The Pallisers, In This House of Brede and Doctor Who in the story Underworld. She has since done mostly stage theatre, having performed in The Sentence, School For Sugar and The Scandal. In 1983 she played the wife of Adam Dalgliesh in the ITV adaption of PD James' Death of an Expert Witness.
After François Truffaut died in 1984, a director's cut of Two English Girls was released to great acclaim. In particular, the addition of several important scenes featuring Stacey was praised. This is the version currently available on DVD.
- "... and Tendeter the red-headed, freckled robustness of the more religious, repressed girl..." https://variety.com/…/deux-anglaises-et-le-continent-12004…/
Late in life, Roché published two novels: his first was Jules et Jim (1953), a semi-autobiographical work published when he was 74. His second novel, Les deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls, 1956), was also inspired by his life. Both were adapted as films by the director François Truffaut, in 1962 and 1971 respectively. The popularity of the film Jules et Jim brought renewed attention to Roché's novels and life.
- "... whom Gertrude Stein described as 'tall and red headed...'" https://books.google.it/books…