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.

31 January 2020

A Scene At The See | dark seescape with figure inTitled

Marcus Bunyan at Art Blart has just posted an extensive account of the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain :

european research tour exhibition: ‘william blake’ at tate britain, london part 1

Today, the temperature for Melbourne is predicted to be 43 degrees (110 F). One of the Blake images Marcus shows is Titled : Small Book of Designs: Plate 8, ‘dark seascape with figure in water’ (1794)

photo British Museum  
On New Years's Eve in the east of Victoria extreme bushfires drove people onto the beaches and into boats. The sky was darkened.

photo of her son by Allison Marion  

photo The Australian  

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