I love this painting. Jacob Lawrence’s Washington Crossing the Delaware. The Cubist influences are pretty strong and they really seem to help portray the idea of Washington’s soldiers as being beaten down with misery, cold, fatigue, and the stress of being driven clear from New York to the Delaware River. In the collection of the Met, and this is what they say about it:
Lawrence was one of America’s premiere storytellers for over sixty years. His subjects most often relate to the African-American experience, but sometimes he also addressed broader issues, depicting events from American history that tell about hardship, determination, and other challenges to the human spirit. Between 1954 and 1956 he produced thirty pictures about the American Revolution and Constitution, the Western Migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution that he collectively titled Struggle…From the History of the American People. Those images, plus thirty more never executed, were originally intended for publication with captions written by Lawrence’s friend, Jay Leyda (the project was never realized).
The caption for this Washington Crossing the Delaware, the tenth panel in the Struggle series, relates: “We crossed the River at McKonkey’s Ferry 9 miles above Trenton…the night was excessively severe…which the men bore without the least murmur…—Tench Tilghman, 27 December 1776.” Lawrence abstractly interpreted this scene of war-weary soldiers huddled under blankets and three small rowboats on choppy waters as a series of jagged triangular forms punctuated by strong diagonal lines. Standing at the helm at lower left is their leader, General George Washington, his head and back bent stalwartly into the oncoming wind.
Today was your first day too? Awesome.
Yeah - it was swell except for that one inattentive driver. I’m pleased with the teachers I have and I’m excited to see how this year turns out~
ahahaha 20 minutes into the first day of school, someone crunched the bumper of my parked car with their giant Jeep
'Gulliver's travels into several remote nations of the world' by Jonathan Swift; illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Published 1899 by Temple Press, London.
See the complete bok here.
Mermaid and pirates are my favorite things to draw.
So we all know about the (selective) online interactive manuscript of Les Miserables, with commentary, translation and attached relevant videos, right?
I thought it looked really cool and hadn’t seen anyone else talking about it yet.
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You can visit the Victor Hugo: Les Miserables – From Page to Stage exhibition at the State Library of Victoria (Australia) 18th July until 9th November.
jfc Hugo no wonder you had a stroke
Traveling to Melbourne this weekend to see the musical and the exhibition ….
A couple of days ago I [talked](http://minutemanworld.tumblr.com/post/93240908318/this-ship-was-discovered-underneath-the-world) about the ship that was discovered underneath the World Trade Center. Dendrochronologists had determined that the ship was built in 1773.
Apparently they were able to tell where the wood in the ship came from because they matched the tree rings in the wood to tree rings in the wood of Independence Hall. Furthermore the ship had worm holes in it, indicating that it had been active for many years (possibly two or three decades) and had spent some time in the Caribbean.
Modern science is fantastically helpful to archaeologists because of this kind of detail. Even 20 years ago we may not have been able to learn this much about that ship, just that it was an 18th century ship.
Pretty cool stuff in my opinion
HE CAME FROM THE SUN, FROM THE SEA, FROM THE VALLEYS AND TREES
AND BROUGHT WITH HIM DEATH, BALANCE, RESTORATION, AND REVELATION
For all your historical and RP-worldbuilding nautical details.
we kept our secrets and rules [fullview at ao3]
(Made as part of our second miseres exchange [x], for the request “Valjean, Javert; What-If Scenario”)