21 December 2021

Winter Solstice

 "Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."  - Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

The shortest day brings with it the longest night.  Time to  begin the season of vitamin D cocktails.

Robert Gibbings (1889-1958) was an Irish artist, born in Cork.  His family opposed his intention  to study art but Gibbings persevered, eventually enrolling at the Slade School in London.  Among other media, Gibbings made wood engravings and from 1924 to 1933 he ran the Golden Cockrell Press.. He also illustrated books on travel and natural. history.  In an astonishment, he became the first person known to have made drawings under water. He was buried on the banks of the River Thames in the village of Long Wittenham.

Image: Robert Gibbings - Dublin Under Snow, woodblock print, vourtesy of Grive Press, New York.


Rouchswalwe said...

Lovely. I have always admired woodblock prints. And this one is stunning.

Jane said...

Rouchswalwe, this was an unexpected discovery for me.
However, I'm glas we will be having a green Christmas in upstate New York.

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Rouchswalwe said...

Cheers to a green Xmas!

Jane said...

We had a green Xmas in upstate New York! Love it.