David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

09 July 2011

Who, ME? US? WE?

Here's another from the Paris EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE.

A souvenir from LA MAISON DU RIRE (The House of Laughter), an expo presentation by the journal LE RIRE (Laughter),
a favourite of bLOGOS/HA HA.

This is a 1900 drawing of the exterior of La Maison du Rire.
(It's from here)

And, especially for all our PUPPET CULTURE subscribers, an interior view of the above : LA SALLE DES MARIONNETTES.
(From here)

The exterior frieze presents the grand parade of passing persons.

The souvenir emphasises the same.
These are, you are, we are...
Types de la Rue.

And what of the communiqué?
This self-declaring card of backwards regard??
Carte rétrospective ...

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...