Monday, May 09, 2005

Blue Boy and Pinky

My grandmother had an affinity for these paintings. I remember her art set had copies in it. After my grandmother died, my mother framed them and I think even added copies to the "collection." She since has given them to me. I love them. They have an old-world, shabby-chic charm about them. I had heard that the Huntington contained the originals, but in my nine years out here, I had not made the time to go see them. Finally, yesterday, I went. Kind of apropro since it was Mother's Day.

The portraits are hanging in the house which is kept very dimly lit. I assume to preserve the beautiful tapestries and works of art. I had to increase the exposure time on my camera in order to capture them in enough light. However, I'm a shaky person by nature. As such, my picture of Pinky didn't turn out so well. I played with it a little in Photoshop, but it is what it is. Blue Boy and Pinky are the knicknames for these pieces. They are actually titled, Jonathan Buttall: The Blue Boy, by Thomas Gainsborough, and Sarah Barrett Moulton: Pinkie, by Thomas Lawrence, respectively. Alas, I just realized that I have been misspelling "Pinky."

However, the artwork at the Huntington is but a small portion of what there is to explore at the Huntington. The grounds are amazing! There are several gardens, including a Japanese Garden. I was a bit disappointed that the roses appeared to not have been trimmed in a while. There were a lot of deadheads that needed tending. However, after checking out the website I see the rose garden has 4000 varieties! It would take an Army to adequately maintain them. You can check it out for yourself. They have a virtual tour online. However, it really doesn't do it justice.

1 comment:

Amanda Brown said...

Hi Robbie.Just came across your blog about Pinkie and Blue Boy while trying to find out more info about them.My granny had some pics. and some figurines of them.She always called them "the gainsboro twins".I just assumed they were paintings from someone in Gainsboro, Tennesse.This is where she lived when she was young.I don't guess that is the case.I am very interested in just finding out the history behind the paintings.Who were these people that these paintings are of?and where were they from?I would love to find out just to know.If you know anything about this could you please help me?My e-mail is crtbrown@aol.com.I would really appreciate it if you know anything that may be interesting to find out.P.S. I have really enjoyed reading some of your blogs.They are neat.Thanks again-Amanda