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The Costume of the Russian Empire - Rich Breiman Collection

Yes, William Alexander, also known as Bill Alexander, was an English painter, illustrator, and engraver[1][4]. He was born on April 10, 1767, and passed away on July 23, 1816. Known for his work executed in watercolors, Alexander's artistic hallmarks included clearness and harmony of color, simplicity and taste in composition, grace of outline, and delicacy of execution. He accompanied the Macartney Embassy to China in 1792 and produced prints of his work from engravings[1].Moreover, William Alexander authored works such as "The Costume of China" in 1805 and "Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese" in 1814[1]. His artistic contributions extended beyond painting to include engravings and illustrations for various publications. Additionally, he held the position of assistant keeper of antiquities at the British Museum[1].In summary, William Alexander was a prominent English artist known for his paintings, illustrations, and engravings that reflected his skillful use of color and composition across various artistic endeavors during his lifetime.The history of the costume of the Russian Empire is depicted in various illustrated works, such as "The Costume of the Russian Empire" by William Alexander. This book, published in 1803, contains seventy-three engravings accompanied by descriptions in English and French[1][4]. The illustrations provide a visual representation of the traditional attire worn in the Russian Empire during that period. These engravings offer insights into the clothing styles, fabrics, and designs that were prevalent in Russia at the time.Furthermore, these illustrations not only serve as a historical record of fashion but also shed light on the cultural and social aspects of the Russian Empire. The detailed descriptions accompanying the engravings provide additional context and understanding of the significance of different garments and accessories worn by individuals in various strata of society within the empire.Overall, works like "The Costume of the Russian Empire" offer a glimpse into the sartorial heritage of Russia, capturing the essence of its historical clothing traditions and reflecting the rich tapestry of its cultural identity through attire.Source: perplexity.aiKeyword: richbreiman


Haitian Metal Scultpure at SFO

From 2/23/2024 at the SFO airportI went to the airport today and got here early and decided to explore this exhibit of Haitian metal, three artist that I never seen before. Generally left me feeling happy. Really interesting creations, combinations of man and animal and birds in particular. Things coming out of peoples heads, made from metal. “Combinatory”, “happy” what else? I’m sure there are deeper meanings in these but I need to study it longer and talk with someone who knows, but it was really fun to see.https://youtube.com/shorts/jucGQYHOxJ8?si=BNDO6_H4vRckGErQ https://youtube.com/shorts/J5jrTOmhWBk?si=x6YHhtcnfj4xAA70 


St. Mary’s Art Museum 2/15/2024

2/15/2024-Eleanor and I had a great time at the opening of an art exhibit at the St. Mary’s College Art Museum. We met our good friends, Rich and Leslie Breiman, as well as Costanza Dopfel, who’s been teaching at St. Mary’s in Art history for 22 years. We also saw Gabrielle Ly who is curating Rich Breiman‘s collection on Pam. We met Shawny Anderson, the interim dean of liberal arts at St. Mary’s College who’s been at St. Mary’s for 28 years. We met Trinity, a student at St. Mary’s College who is studying the digital in museums today. We met Lydia, a student at St. Mary’s College who is an artist, and she showed us her Led Zeppelin poster that she found. We met Ali Kozoll of the Lamorinda Arts Council. We met Harmonia Rosales, the featured artist!https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum-art ….


The Temperance Cause - 1876

2/3/24 - I love this book from 1876 about the temperance movement.The imagery tells the story of both the dangers of drinking and the peacefulness of abstinence.I knew about the 18th amendment, passed in 1919, which gave us prohibition, as well as the 21st amendment in 1933, which repealed prohibition.What I didn’t realize was that the temperance movement started almost a century before the passage of the 18th amendment, in 1826 according to this book.The author of this book was Jane E. Stebbins and I wasn’t able to discover anything much more about her.My favorite images:The pair of images at the beginning. (#9,#10)The infoviz about the effects of alcohol. (#29)The deranged and the devil. (#30)The seated women silently protesting. (#37,#38)Two other images, included at the end of this exhibit, I found related to the temperance movement. (#42,#43)This exhibit reminded me of Clay Shirky and his modern-day concept of “Cognitive Surplus”  and his correlation of this concept with free time created by the Industrial Revolution that was used for gin-drinking. (#44).