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February 2019


in Arthur Hacker ~ English Classicist Painter by
The Temptation of Sir Percival by the English Classicist painterArthur Hacker

Arthur Hacker (25 September 1858 – 12 November 1919) was an English classicist painter. Born in  London in 1858.  In his art he was most known for painting religious scenes and portraits. His art was also influenced by his extensive travels in Spain and North Africa.

He studied at the Royal Academy between 1876 and 1880, and at the Atelier Bonnat in Paris. He was twice exhibited at the Royal Academy, in 1878 and 1910. In 1910 he was elected an Academician.

He mainly painted genre and historical scenes,mythological and allegorical subjects (some verging on kitsch). For the middle part of his career he was considered a successful portrait painter.


The Temptation of Sir Percival by Arthur Hacker

His famous painting The Temptation of Sir Percival painted in 1894 shows us Sir Percival who is tempted by a devil in the form of a beautiful woman.   Percival is one of King Arthur‘s legendary Knights of the Round Table. 

One of my favourite paintings by Arthur Hacker is Abundance, painted in 1916. I do love the bright colours in this work
Abundance, 1916 by Arthur Hacker


in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by

Nadine Gordimer

“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”
Nadine Gordimer (born 1923, South Africa –  died 2014, South Africa)

“Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”

Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was recognised as a woman “who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity”

She was one of the most prominent literary voices for political freedom and racial equality in South Africa.

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I have always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. Love the books, the movies, the drawings. The story helps me to escape real life and enter this marvelous fantasy world created by Lewis Carroll.

Come and join me on a journey through Alice in Wonderland…and enjoy the mysteries of this fantastic story…


“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.  It tells of a young girl  falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. It’s narrative course, structure, characters, and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children’s fiction, notably Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy

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John Tenniel – Illustration from The Nursery Alice (1890)


Sir John Tenniel (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914) was an English illustrator, graphic humorist, and political cartoonist prominent in the second half of the 19th century. He was knighted for his artistic achievements in 1893. Tenniel is remembered especially as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years, and for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871).

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