Thursday, 9 May 2013

A Difficulty Remedied

Let's pause, take a deep breath,
and forget about exams for a while.

Why not consider the hattage
and impressive curves
of these delicious silhouettes.

They were all created by Isabella Beetham (c.1744-1825)
who specialised in cut paper and painted silhouettes.
You can read more about her here
Isabella had a mean line in self-publicity...

“By application leagued with Good Natural Gifts
Mrs Beetham has enabled herself to remedy a Difficulty
Much lamented and Universally Experienced by
The former, assisted by her Art,
may see their offspring
In any part of the Terraqueous Globe.
LOVERS the Poets have advanced,
‘Can waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.
She will gratify them with
more substantial though Ideal Intercourse
by placing the Beloved Object to their View.
FRIENDSHIP is truly valuable was ever held a Maxim.…”

I can relate to the problem of PARENTS
with offspring in all parts
of the Terraqueous Globe

and she was right about FRIENDSHIP...
it is truly valuable.

Thank you for all of your comments yesterday,
a problem shared is a problem halved.


  1. If those silhouettes are cut paper rather than painted, I am going to have to have a quiet sit down. Berlimey.

  2. There's so much I love about that, I can't even start.

  3. Liz in Missouri (USA)May 09, 2013

    These are amazing. Cut paper. Goodness - can you imagine?

  4. Oh that has made me laugh, I think those of us who struggle with self promotion need to take a leaf out of her book.

  5. AnonymousMay 09, 2013

    Wasn't she clever though?

  6. I'm in awe ... cut paper ...


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