|Girl in Christmas Clothes Ralph Peacock|
|The Sisters (1900)|
Peacock trained at the St John's Wood Art School and knew other artists of his time like Herbert Draper and J W Godward. He used the famous model Mary Lloyd (I think I need to write about her after blogvent), used by Leighton and Alma Tadema, and two of his works, Ethel and The Sisters are owned by the Tate. Yet, this is possibly the first time I've used him in my blog, and when I found the Christmas image, I did not recognise his name. How awful for poor Mr Peacock! If you look at his Christmas Lass above, he has managed to find a 'hook' for the piece that I have not seen anywhere else, the notion that her clothes are special, that they are 'Christmas clothes'. I'm sure it is taken for granted in other images that children, and possibly adults, would be wearing their finest clothes for the family celebrations. However, the contained excitement and pride on Peacock's girl's face makes you think that the whole point of this moment for her is her new finery, down to those shiny silk slippers.
|My First Sermon (1863) J E Millais|
I now have to go away and see if all of Ralph Peacock's models have carved wood behind them, he does do a nice bit of carved wood. This picture does raise a very interesting issue though - what am I going to wear on Christmas morning? If we were Christmas-ing alone, then it wouldn't be too bad and I could remain in my pyjamas all day. Mind you, there are a lot of photographs taken at Christmas, so I'm not sure I'd want it recorded that I didn't get dressed all day and just sat around in a onesie necking Harvey's Copper Beech. I don't own a onesie, just for the record, but you get the idea. Christmas clothes are like a uniform you don for all the enforced excitement and merriment you are about to do and rarely do they have elasticated waistbands, which should be compulsory, because heaven knows you'll need one.
Well, I'm off to ponder my clothing options and I'll see you tomorrow...