The London Season – The Fourth of June
The Fourth of June was the Open Day at Eton College. It started in the 18th century as a gala in honour of King George III’s birthday. It soon became a very popular outing for the Ton, who flocked out of London to enjoy the riverside pageant. The river procession, with fireworks, was first recorded in 1793 and by tradition the dress worn was that of Nelson’s Navy: white trousers, striped shirts, blue jackets plus straw hats decked with flowers. The rowing boats were also named after Navy ships.
Martel Maides Auctions Fine Arts Catalogue December 5th Sale 2013
“I am America,” he once declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”
FILE 1960-08-19 American boxer Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) is being weighed stark naked in the training room at the Olympic Games, Rome, Italy, August 19, 1960. Foto: Lars Nyberg / XP / SCANPIX / Kod: 34 LaPresse Only Italy
This man! I was NEVER EVER a sports fan/ boxing fan as a kid… but I loved Ali. Every time he was on a talk show or some variety show he was always the most amusing & funny man. Even when he looked tough and mean, there was love in his eyes…
Beautiful Obama statement HERE
A selection of photographs of former three time world boxing champion MUHAMMAD ALI. The photographs were taken during the 1970’s and early 1980’s.
HOMO HISTORY: Eugene Jansson was born in Stockholm in 1862 and spent the first half of his career as an accomplished landscape painter. He was famous for his Munch inspired nighttime landscapes, featuring gorgeous shades of blue. These works were highly sought after and his career was flourishing, but Jansson was exhausted and had lost interest in landscapes. He decided to change the direction of his work and it would be a drastic change. Jansson met his muse and lover, Knut Nyman, while at the Navy Bath-house in Stockholm. The Naval bath-house, and it’s many handsome young members, would become the inspiration for the second half of Jansson’s career as a painter. His love of men and his passion for painting suddenly merged with his new works. His painting of his lover Knut, “Naken Yngling” (Nude Youth) was exhibited 1907.
Jansson and Knut lived an isolated life for many years while he worked on his new series of paintings. Jansson’s self portrait in the bath-house is oddly revealing for a man who lived in a society where he wasn’t allowed to be openly gay. Jansson and Knut shared a house together, next to his painting studio, until 1912. Jansson painted 4 monumental works set in a bathhouse, as well as nude athletes, until he died cerebral hemorrhage in 1915. After Jansson’s death, his brother (who was also gay) destroyed most of the artist’s letters and papers. This was most likely done to avoid a scandal since homosexuality was illegal in Sweden until 1944, Until very recently, art historians have ignored Jansson’s homosexuality despite the obvious homo-erotic nature of his work.
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