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Archive for February, 2008


John Gielgud: When England hounded a hero

John Gielgud: When England hounded a hero | Playing silly buggers.

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The Palais du Trocadéro


More ephemeral architecture and also another example of old exposition architecture. The Palais du Trocadéro was designed by Gabriel Davioud for the 1878 World’s Fair and until its demolition in the 1930s faced the Eiffel Tower across the Seine after that edifice had been constructed as the entrance arch for another fair, the Exposition Universelle […]

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The recurrent pose 13


Photographer Sandro Bross works a variation on the Flandrin pose. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The recurrent pose archive

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Earthquake hits much of England

Earthquake hits much of England | Biggest for 25 years.

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The art of Charles Robinson, 1870–1937


‘Fair and False’, Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare (1915). More illustrated gems from the collection of books at the Internet Archive. Charles Robinson, as mentioned earlier, was the older brother of illustrator William Heath (there was also a third illustrator brother in the family, Thomas). Charles was so prolific it’s difficult to choose one […]

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Teo Macero, 1925–2008


Miles Davis & Teo Macero, 1969. Teo Macero, composer and visionary producer of one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Bitches Brew by Miles Davis, died last week. • NYT obituary • Teo talks about working with Miles Davis • Jon Hassell explains why Bitches Brew is the best

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New things for February


Fenella Fielding, May 2005. A few things of interest in the Coulthart world this month. • The Independent on Sunday this weekend ran a feature by Robert Chalmers on film and stage actress Fenella Fielding which included some discussion with my Savoy colleague Dave Britton about the recordings Savoy has been making with Fenella for […]

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The lady vanishes: What ever happened to Fenella Fielding?

The lady vanishes: What ever happened to Fenella Fielding? | She found herself working with Savoy…

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Derek Jarman at the Serpentine


Untitled from The Black Series by Derek Jarman. The Serpentine Gallery hosts an exhibition of Derek Jarman’s work selected by filmmaker Isaac Julian from 23 February to 13 April, 2008. The Derek Jarman exhibition will present a selection of work by the leading British filmmaker of his generation. Curated by the celebrated artist and filmmaker […]

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Groove is in the art

Groove is in the art | Hercules and Love Affair get groovy.

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The art of Cassandre, 1901–1968


Poster art by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre. • Gallery at the official site • Cassandre at VTS: I | II

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‘Films are a way to kill my father’

‘Films are a way to kill my father’ | Bertolucci and The Conformist.

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Tiger Lily


Jacob, a dancer with the Canadian National Ballet, photographed by Toxicboy. Previously on { feuilleton } • Chris Nash • Peter Reed and Salomé After Dark • Felix D’Eon • Dancers by John Andresen • Youssef Nabil • Images of Nijinsky • The art of Hubert Stowitts, 1892–1953

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The World’s Greatest Detective


Coralie at Penguin Books sent through these cover designs today, a splendid “collect the set” republication of the Sherlock Holmes stories which should be on the shelves early next month. This follows last year’s collection of similarly repackaged Edwardian thrillers which included Conan Doyle’s dinosaur tale, The Lost World. Having recently watched the Granada TV […]

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William Heath Robinson’s Midsummer Night’s Dream


I wasn’t planning on featuring W Heath Robinson again so soon but I couldn’t resist posting some extracts from his 1914 edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, another great download from the scanned books at the Internet Archive. I have a few of these illustrations in a WHR monograph but I didn’t realise the book […]

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Yayoi Kusama


Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever (1994). “It is not controversial to describe Yayoi Kusama as Japan’s greatest living artist,” says Hannah Duguid in The Independent. I made a post about Kusama’s artworks in 2006 and now her work is in exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery, London. For this exhibition, revered Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has […]

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At the Mountains of Madness


Going through stacks of old artwork today turned up a photocopy of a drawing I did in 1990, my sole attempt to illustrate HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. By the time I did this I was pretty exhausted by Lovecraft’s world and was already at work on the first phase of the Lord […]

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Light in the west

Light in the west | The return of Portishead.

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Guido Reni’s Saint Sebastian


Saint Sebastian by Guido Reni (c. 1616). The Agony and the Ecstasy is an exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, based around Guido Reni’s paintings of the martyr, six of which are on display. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compare directly the six masterpieces which are coming from all over the world […]

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Arthur #28


It’s always a red letter day when a new issue of Arthur Magazine appears and this one is especially good, featuring a substantial history of the creation and influence of pulp villain Fantômas (for which I helped source some photos) and an interview with extraordinary singer and musician Diamanda Galás. Lots more besides and as […]

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William Heath Robinson’s illustrated Poe


Another gem from the Internet Archive collection of scans from North American libraries. This edition of the poems of Edgar Allan Poe from 1900 was illustrated by William Heath Robinson (1872–1944), an artist whose later cartoons of quirky inventions have completely overshadowed his earlier books and the work of his equally talented older brother, Charles. […]

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Against the tide

Against the tide | Jon Savage remembers Derek Jarman.

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Whistler’s Peacock Room


Random browsing this week turned up some nice high-res photos of Harmony in Blue and Gold, as James Abbott McNeill Whistler named the room he decorated for Frederick R. Leyland in 1878. Leyland had bought one of Whistler’s paintings, La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (1864), and architect Thomas Jeckyll was concerned that the […]

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Two today


Numeral by Erté. Via Fabulon. In which { feuilleton } celebrates its second birthday. As always, it’s a surprise seeing what catches the attention of readers or random browsers. The five most popular posts from the past year were as follows: • The art of ejaculation. I saw Cary Kwok’s work mentioned in a gay […]

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Darwin Day


Charles Darwin’s walking stick from the Wellcome Collection. Happy Darwin Day. Previously on { feuilleton } • Prince Iskandar’s horoscope • Vanitas paintings • Giant Skeleton and the Chocolate Jesus • Very Hungry God • History of the skull as symbol

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Against Nature: The hybrid forms of modern sculpture


left: Morgan Le Fay by Pierre Roche (1904). right: The Rock Drill by Jacob Epstein (1913–14). An exhibition of ‘fantastic’ sculpture opened at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds last week with some fascinating juxtapositions, ranging from Fernand Khnopff’s Mask to Jacob Epstein’s marvellous Rock Drill which is more commonly one of the landmarks of […]

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Men with swords


A couple of vintage photos from the many examples on Flickr. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The men with swords archive

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LAist Interview: Jay Babcock from Arthur Magazine

LAist Interview: Jay Babcock from Arthur Magazine

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Austin Spare’s Behind the Veil


Another Internet Archive discovery, this is a scanned copy of one of Austin Spare’s first illustrated works. Behind the Veil was a small book of mystical fiction by Ethel Rolt Wheeler, published in 1906. Spare was only 20 at the time and the drawings, while accomplished, lack the finesse of his later work. They also […]

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Earth in Manchester


Earth, looking suitably infernal. Out this evening to the Zion Centre in Hulme to see Seattle drone metal band Earth. I didn’t get to see their performance at the 2005 Arthurfest in Los Angeles but this event made up for that. Support—which we missed due to late arrival—was from Sir Richard Bishop, whose portrait I […]

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Jessie M King’s Grey City of the North


“This dark and steep alley took its name from Sir James Stewart of Goodtrees, Lord Advocate of Scotland, 1692–1713, whose mansion stood at the foot of the close. It was a fashionable quarter in the early 18th century, and here resided Andrew Crosby, the famous lawyer, the original of Scott’s ‘Andrew Pleydell,’ Lord Westhall, John […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {cities}, {comics}, {illustrators}, {lovecraft}, {work} | 5 comments »


Harry Clarke’s The Year’s at the Spring


The Internet Archive seems to be improving as a resource for out-of-copyright books. Browsing there this week it’s become apparent that a number of recent additions include rare illustrated titles which can be downloaded as PDFs or scanned pages. Project Gutenberg has the quantity where free books are concerned but their quality leaves much to […]

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Vote for Lint!

Vote for Lint! | Otherwise your life is a hollow sham. A World Book Day poll.

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Fungal observations


Seeing as Jeff VanderMeer and his publisher have made the cover for the new edition of Shriek: An Afterword public, I may as well do the same. The design is mine, the cover painting is by comic artist Ben Templesmith. The design and its integration with the book contents are more evident when you see […]

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Robert Lang’s origami insects


Black Widow; one uncut square of Origamido paper (2003). I’ve been doing origami on and off since I was about 11 years old but the real measure of the art is whether you can invent your own folds rather than simply copying other people’s. This is something I’ve never managed since you have to devote […]

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The art of Sascha Schneider, 1870–1927


I first came across Sascha Schneider’s art some years ago when reading about German writer Karl May (1842–1912), and it was as May’s illustrator that Schneider initially gained recognition. May was one of Germany’s most popular novelists, his Western adventures about Old Shatterhand and Winnetou the Warrior sold millions of copies and numbered Albert Einstein […]

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Engelbrecht again


I’m surfacing this week from a busy couple of months having finished (more or less) two substantial book designs. I mentioned the redesign of The Exploits of Engelbrecht a couple of weeks ago and it’s been a pleasure to have another bash at this. The original design wasn’t bad as such, especially compared to the […]

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The art of Jennifer Maestre


Asteridae. Jennifer Maestre is another artist who claims Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature as an influence. Asteridae is part of a series of works made from pencils, while Dreaming comprises part of another series using nails and other materials to create what might be organic forms. Dreaming. • An interview with Jennifer Maestre Previously […]

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