Halfway to Christmas Eve already! Blimey. Time flies in December and I still have to finish my Christmas shopping and send off parcels. Yikes, I best crack on with today's post...
|An Aristocrat Answering the Summons to Execution (1901) Frank Cadogan Cowper|
I written about Cowper a couple of times, including an overview of his life here. I like his slightly mad art, and I'm delighted he kept up his figurative Pre-Raphaelite-ish style right up to the 1950s, when he must have been seen as deeply unfashionable. I love a gentleman with staying power.
Don't tell anyone but most of my Revolution knowledge comes from Carry On, Don't Lose Your Head, which I believe to be a perfectly true narration of facts. Sadly, I have a suspicion that the Black Fingernail did not spirit away countless aristocrats to England. It did however have Charlie Hawtrey being debonair in the face of his imminent execution, roaring with laughter reading the Marquis de Sade in the back of the cart. When I see Cowper's aristocrat swishing his way to his doom, I think of that attitude, which is either insanely arrogant or brave, depending on your view.