Now, before any of you think this some sort of 'vests off' sordid affair, remember that it's September and getting a bit cold, so there will be less of that sort of thing, thank you very much. A wise man once said to me 'Kirsty, keep your vest on if you want them to marry you' and never a truer word was ever said. Anyhow, I'm more in the mood to examine three different aspects of Victorian romance in paintings. Today we'll start with paintings with one gentleman and two ladies, or scenes of jealousy and thwarted love, or why you should never jilt the brunette (even if you prefer the blonde)...
|Jealousy and Flirtation Haynes King|
|Just as the Twig is Bent (1861) William Maw Egley|
|Detail of Just as the Twigis Bent showing disgruntled sister...|
|The Two Roses Heywood Hardy|
|Between Two Fires David Francis Millet|
Well these two sisters aren't going quietly, it'll end in tears. I almost feel sorry for the man in the middle, although despite his quite somber expression I reckon he's loving it. By the look of that room there is very little on offer by way of entertainment, but that tablecloth will be a devil to get stains out of. Mind you, who can resist a man in a collar that starched? Not to mention that hat. No wonder he's such a hit with the ladies...
|Showing a Preference (1860) John Callcott Horsley|
|The Merciless Lady (1865) D G Rossetti|
|The Cruel Sister (1851) John Faed|
And if your sister suggests going swimming, politely decline...
Tomorrow's subject is Awkward Love!