The Rustle of Silk in Light

Another beautiful postcard from across the pond, this time received this year.

The Hon. Lady Baillie and her daughters, Susan and Pauline at Leeds Castle, Kent
by Etienne Drain 1947 © Leeds Castle Foundation

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What I love about this is the light, the way you can almost feel the light coming through those spectacular windows, and washing over the viewer too.

Lady Baillie looks like she is wearing pleated silk chiffon and the girl in the blue dress must be wearing velvet. The girl on the right must be wearing raw silk. The whole thing is suffused with light and palpable texture, and then streams out over the lake into the green.

The View From The Window
by Ronald Stuart Thomas

Like a painting it is set before one,
But less brittle, ageless; these colours
Are renewed daily with variations
Of light and distance that no painter
Achieves or suggests. Then there is movement,
Change, as slowly the cloud bruises
Are healed by sunlight, or snow caps
A black mood; but gold at evening
To cheer the heart. All through history
The great brush has not rested,
Nor the paint dried; yet what eye,
Looking coolly, or, as we now,
through the tears’ lenses, ever saw
This work and it was not finished?

 

 

 

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4 Responses to The Rustle of Silk in Light

  1. chloetarot says:

    That is a beautiful, luminous image, the epitome of elegance! And I love the poem – nature as art 🙂

  2. tarottiferet says:

    The painting struck me when we were walking around the castle, which is why I got it for you. I couldn’t get the film ‘How To Marry a Millionaire’ out of my head every time I looked at it.

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