1. Girl reading on Pacific Sheets. Advertisement, Pacific Sheets 1946. Illustration by John Gannam (American, 1907-1965).

    "Solid Sender…into a world of dreams. When the last hot lick sends these two smoothies off to sleep, solid comfort will attend them — the comfort so abundantly present in Pacific sheets."

  2. Prying Eyes (1901). Henry Gillard Glindoni (English, 1852-1913). Watercolour heightened with white.

    Glindoni was noted for his depiction of period costumery in historical and genre scenes. He was one of a family of five orphans, his original surname being ‘Glindon’ and later changed.

  3. Martha Leebolt as Cleopatra. Northern Ballet, Act 1. Sadler’s Wells, May 2011. © Dave Morgan.

    Martha Leebolt may have lacked the last ooze of sexiness in the title role, but she danced strongly and possessed the stage, dominating scenes in which she appeared which was most of them. 

  4. Le Mort du Cygne: Anna Pavlova (1911). Sir John Lavery (Irish, 1856–1941). Oil paint on canvas. Tate.

    Neither the ballerina’s pose nor the setting is taken from the ballet, but Lavery has aimed in the picture to express the poignant death of a beautiful creature. The ballerina sinks to the floor, the light dancing off her creamy white costume and pink satin pumps. The vast expanse of the Swan Lake traces a graceful parabola behind her and, in contrast to the earlier Bacchante, it is a quiet and contemplative scene.

  5. The Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Superb “Vellucent” Binding by Cedric Chivers. Hand-Painted By Dorothy Carleton Smyth. London: Macmillan and Co., 1899.

    Inserted engraved frontispiece of Tennyson by G. J. Stodart. Chivers invented the "vellucent" binding. Full transparent vellum over paper boards with two fine pen-and-ink and watercolor designed panels by Smyth. The front cover with gilt title "King Arthur Pendragon" depicts King Arthur in armor kneeling, holding his sword. The back cover with gilt title "Guinevere His Queen" depicts Guinevere kneeling, praying and leaning on a Book of Hours.

  6. St Margaret (c.1631). Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664). Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London.

    Zurbarán has portrayed her with straw hat and staff as a Spanish shepherdess. Behind her is the dragon which she is said to have overcome with the sign of the cross. Inactive, with the Bible in her hand and a shepherd’s bag over her arm, she gazes with a sweetly childish face. This painting does not tell the turbulent episodes of her life, but shows a saintly woman revered in Zurbarán’s home country.

  7. Grand ladies at grand piano …because.

    Photograph from Johnson & Johnson’s famous “Modess …because” ad campaigns, which ran in magazines  from 1948 through to the 1970′s. These gorgeous, high-fashion, couture-themed ads featured  a grand role-call of the great vintage supermodels of the day, photographed in glorious “Dioresque” vignettes modelling magnificent evening gowns.

  8. At the Piano. Louis Ritman (American, 1889-1963). Oil on canvas.

    Known primarily for his sunny, impressionist landscape paintings, often with figures, Ritman earned much of his reputation for the work he produced during the time he was in Giverny, France. His style is both Impressionist and “Intimist,” genteel and reserved in tone, with single figures, especially attractive young women, in confined landscapes and interiors.

  9. Mud Pies and Other Recipes. Marjorie Winslow. Illustrations by Erik Blegvad. The Macmillan Co., 1961. First edition.

    "Doll cookery is not a very exacting art. The time it takes to cook a casserole depends upon how long your dolls are able to sit at table without falling over. And if a recipe calls for a cupful of something, you can use a measuring cup or a buttercup. It doesn’t much matter. What does matter is that you select the best ingredients available, set a fine table, and serve with style."

  10. Nude Woman Reading. Philippe de Rougemont (French, 1891-1965). Oil on canvas.

    Although he was French-born, De Rougemont created the majority of his works from his studio in Stokholm, Sweden. His skill for capturing the beauty of the female form in oils made him a popular artist in his own lifetime and beyond.

  11. Lia reading in front of the Persavon billboard. Photo by Georges Dambier. Publicité for Virginie Couture, 1953.

    The soap and perfumery Bernard was a French business specializing in the manufacture and distribution of hygiene products. Founded in 1836 and based in Rezé, it was best known under the brand Persavon.

  12. Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, in a Straw Hat (1782-84). George Romney (English, 1734–1802). Oil on canvas. Huntington Library.

    The present portrait stands out for its suggestion of greater complexity in Emma’s character. Romney captures not only her womanly beauty, but also the childlike whimsy and coquettishness of a girl still in her teens. She has playfully turned her fine straw hat into a makeshift bonnet. The improvisation lends a rustic, pastoral air to her appearance, which she plays up by lowering her chin and raising a gaze of exaggerated innocence from beneath the hat’s shadow.

  13. Don Giovanni (1998).Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Cincinnati Opera. Rafal Olbinski (Polish, born 1945). Poster. 

    Olbinski’s lush images and artwork are layered with complex psychology. He does not paint the landscape of scientific reality, but rather maps the interiors of the mind. Like Salvador Dali and Magritte before him, Olbinski’s work has poetic resonance — he depicts the mind as a theater of dreams, with new attractions around every corner.

  14. A Good Read. Guglielmo Zocchi (Italian, b.1874). Oil on canvas. 

    “Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed.” —  Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

  15. Svetlana Zakharova. Queen of the Dryads, Don Quixote. Bolshoi Ballet.

    In Scene 2 Don Quixote is surrounded by beautiful Dryads and Cupid and the Queen of the Dryads presents him to Kitri, who has assumed the form of his beloved Dulcinea. Don Quixote swears eternal love and faithfulness to her.