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.

16 July 2013

MELBOURNE NOW : more details announced

Technical details :
Issue date: 2 July 2013
Issue withdrawal date: 31 January 2014
FDI withdrawal date: 31 July 2013
Denominations: 5 x 60c
Illustration: Gavin Ryan
Stamp & product design: Sharon Rodziewicz
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper - gummed: Tullis Russell
Paper - self-adhesive: B100
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 35mm x 35mm
Perforations: 14.226 x 14.226
Sheet layout: Module of 50
National postmark: Sydney, NSW 2000

Melbourne -
Gutter strip 10 x 60c

collection : FIAPCE 
We collected this gutter strip from the local Post Office today.

Behind the couple in the stamp, looking at their MELBOURNE NOW
gallery guide, is an updated rendition of John Brack's The Car, 1955.

collection : National Gallery of Victoria  

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...

We are reminded of this image of Ed Ruscha looking at his book Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1967.
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something ...