A Girl Reading, probably Florence Carter Wood (later Mrs Alfred Munnings). Dame Laura Knight, R.A., R.W.S. (English, 1877-1970). Pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and with scratching out on paper.
A young woman, in profile, is reading a letter in a sunlit landscape; she wears a white blouse and her auburn hair is pinned under a broad-brimmed straw hat, its red ribbon falling over her left shoulder. Spots of sunlight piercing through the weave of the hat fall on to her face.
MC@PLAY: Kat Dennings with books, MarieClaire.com, October 2013. Photo by Meredith Jenks.
Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings, seen in Thor: The Dark World, can’t stop buying vintage books. I got into reading because: “My mom used to take me to The Owl Bookshop in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. You could buy books by the pound.”
Reciting softly to herself
“Not everyone goes to poetry readings to find love. She did. Growing up, poetry had been the sanctuary, that space in words where longing could be spoken. Nobody in her world understood. Poems came in another language. Nobody could find or hurt you there. She spent many a night sitting in a freezing kitchen before a plate of cold food held together by congealed fat reciting softly to herself sweet words—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, William Wordworth. Poems were the way to leave pain behind—to forget. They were a kind of suicide, a death. Her real self could drown in them. They were water to her thirst, cooling the burning sensation, soothing the red welts on her skin left by lashes from fresh young branches still green. Poetry made childhood bearable.”
— bell hooks, Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life
(Painting by Derrick Woodford. Thank you, Mr. Woodford and antiquehelper.)
(by sinister kid)
Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz (Polish realist, 1852-1916) “Portret Heleny Modrzejewskiej” (The portrait of Helena Modrzejewska), 1880, Oil on Paper, National Museum, Kraków, Poland
Henri Girault De Nolhac
Johan Julius Exner