Odd Bits and Miscellaneous Trivia
In 1894 Edward Burne-Jones designed the seal of the University of Wales.
Returning from Hampshire at the latter part of 1943, British painter Francis Bacon (1909 - 1992) took the ground floor of 7 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, John Everett Millais’ old house and studio.
In 1978, when Cornell University planned to add a Learning Center to the Rose Memorial Library, a dismantled window designed by Henry Holiday was unexpectedly rediscovered in a crate in the attic of the Hall of Sciences.
Up to and during the nineteenth century there was a pigment called “mummy,”which made a lovely clear glowing brown. Now, as the story goes, it was really made out of, well, mummies. Ground up mummies. One day in 1881, Lawrence Alma-Tadema came upon his colorman at work, cheerfully grinding up Egyptian mummies for paint. Horrified and appalled, he rushed to tell his friend Edward Burne-Jones. Burne-Jones, too, was stunned. After a moment’s thought, he hurried off to his studio and returned with a tube of mummy in hand. He wanted to give it a decent burial. “So a hole was bored into the grass at our feet,” noted Georgiana Burne-Jones later, “and we all watched it put safely in, and the spot was marked by one of the girls planting a daisy root above it.”
Pop star Kylie Minogue’s music video for “Where the Wild Roses Grow” (1995) was inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia.
A "Radical" Bake-Off?
Back in 2019, during the Victorian Radicals tour from Birmingham, Seattle Art Museum summoned bakeries from around Seattle to create show-stopping desserts inspired by the exhibition. Participating pastry pros had one week to develop, create, and deliver their entries, which were judged on taste as well as adherence to the theme. This interpretation of Ford Madox Brown’s "The Pretty Baa Lambs” was the winning entry.
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