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Fredericksburg, Virginia February 2015

Related Posts: Yale December 2014: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery and Yale January 2015.

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A few weeks ago, I spoke upon invitation to Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and had an amazing time. Beforehand, I worked very hard to write a brand new talk about William Blake and The Poet and the Flea, and created a fun slideshow to go with it. So I was very pleased that the students seemed to really enjoy my presentation. I also had a little time to check out historic Fredericksburg, which was great. :) I would love to do this again next year!

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Yale January 2015

Related Posts: Baltimore November 2014Yale December 2014, and Yale December 2014: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

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Last month, I went up to Yale with my parents to see my sister’s amazing costumes in Molière’s Don Juan. She gave us a fun tour of her studio, costume shop, and class rooms as well as a good portion of campus. It was great running into a number of actors I saw in plays when I was at Yale in December. We may go up again in the Spring to see more of my sister’s shows. :)

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Yale December 2014: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery

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This is just a list of what art I saw at Yale this December for my personal record.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the following images!

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America a Prophecy: Frontispiece and pages 3-7, 9, 11, 12, and 15.
I was surprised to realize that this work was printed in blue ink and that the pages are much larger than Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Here are some of my favorite pages…
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Jerusalem: Frontispiece and pages 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, and 74.
Similar to America a Prophecy‘s blue ink, this work was printed in orange ink. Here are some of my favorite pages…
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The Death of Chatterton by Pre-Raphaelite painter Henry Wallis
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Yes or No? by  Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais

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An Allegory of Intemperance by Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch

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Yale December 2014

Related Posts: Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Compilation and Baltimore November 2014.

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I had a wonderful time at Yale this past December. I was there as a guest speaker for Wendall K. Harrington’s “Visual Storytelling” course at the School of Drama and also to visit my sister, who’s a grad student there.

I was lucky enough to be able to visit The Yale Center for British Art before it closed for renovations. There, I saw one of my favorite paintings: Henry Wallis’s The Death of Chatterton. I was also able to take advantage of their study room, where I examined original prints of William Blake’s America a Prophecy and Jerusalem.

I had a great time at the Yale University Art Gallery, where I saw John Everett Millais’s beautiful Yes or No? and Hieronymus Bosch’s An Allegory of Intemperance (which I had been hoping to see, since I saw part of the same triptych Death and the Miser at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. last year).

I saw three plays, all of which were amazing — War (by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz), Chekov’s The Seagull (directed by Jessica Holt), and my favorite The Zero Scenario (by Ryan Campbell, directed by Sara Holdren).

I’m looking forward to visiting Yale again at the end of this January to see my sister’s costumes in Molière’s Don Juan.

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Cannes/London 2013: Compilation

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Here is a compilation of all the posts regarding my Cannes/London 2013 trip. Please enjoy!

  1. Pre-Travel Planning
  2. Bon Voyage, See You in June!
  3. Saturday May 11th
  4. Sunday, May 12th
  5. Monday, May 13th
  6. Tuesday, May 14th
  7. Wednesday, May 15th
  8. Thursday, May 16th
  9. Friday, May 17th
  10. Saturday, May 18th
  11. Sunday, May 19th
  12. Monday, May 20th
  13. Tuesday, May 21st
  14. Wednesday, May 22nd
  15. Thursday, May 23rd
  16. Friday, May 24th
  17. Saturday, May 25th
  18. Sunday, May 26th
  19. Monday, May 27th
  20. Tuesday, May 28th
  21. Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain
  22. Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms
  23. Wednesday, May 29th
  24. Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery
  25. Thursday, May 30th

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Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 30th

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Eros in Piccadilly Circus.

Today — Elena, Laura and I explored the William Blake historic sites. We met at Piccadilly Circus and walked over to Saint James’s Church, where Blake was baptized. The baptismal font is still there, with very intricate carvings of Adam and Eve. It’s amazing to think that Blake was once a baby who could fit in that font!

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St. James’s Church.

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A Blake quote welcoming visitors of St. James’s.

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Another side of St. James’s.

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The baptismal font.

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Closeup of the baptismal font.

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Inside St. James’s.

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A different angle inside St. James’s.

Then, we took a double-decker bus through the city all the way across the Thames to Battersea to visit Saint Mary’s Church were Blake and Catherine were married. We almost got lost since there were a number of similar churchs in the area, but we managed to find the right one. The ladies in the church were a bit confused at first by our presence. But when I told them that we are Blake enthusiasts, they immediately understood.

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Inside the double-decker bus!

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St. Mary’s Church Battersea

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View across the Thames.

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Inside St. Mary’s.

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Inside St. Mary’s: stained-glass window commemorating Blake.

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Detail of stained glass.

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Another detail of stained glass.

After that, we went to visit Blake’s grave at Bunhill Fields. It was a very old but charming cemetary, and it was fascinating watching them in the process of restoring some of the old crypts and tombstones. I left a simple offering at Blake’s gravestone — an apple — and also explored the green where Blake’s physical body is supposed to have been buried (I believe The Friends of William Blake are trying to raise money and/or petition for a special monument at Blake’s actual burial site).

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Bunhill Fields is quite serene.

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A memorial obelisk to Daniel Defoe.

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Blake and Catherine’s grave marker.

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A simple offering.

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Blake’s actual remains are somewhere around here, I think.

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Didn’t get a chance to go in… Next time!

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John Bunyan‘s tomb.

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Another angle of Bunyan’s tomb.

Then, we went to visit Westminster Abbey. Here, I unfortunately got separated from Elena and Laura, and we couldn’t find each other again. :( But I’m glad I went, even though it was a bit overwhelming to take in. I especially enjoyed the Poets’ Corner where I saw commemorations to Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll and Blake among others.

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Big Ben/Elizabeth Tower.

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Approaching Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey!

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I spy the London Eye!

The absolute highlight of my day — and possibly even my trip — was the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings. I didn’t get to see all that much of the museum proper, but inside this department I was allowed to handle and examine an original print of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. When I say “prints,” I mean a copy made by Blake himself on his own printing press!! I was able to see many of my favorite poems — “The Tyger,” “The Fly,” “The Sick Rose,” etc. The prints are indescribably complex and beautiful, and surprisingly tiny. It was amazing rereading these poems as they were originally meant to be read! After that, I enjoyed afternoon tea at the museum for a surprisingly reasonable price. And I ate every last sandwich, cake, and scone. :D

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Inside The British Museum.

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Afternoon tea is about to commence.

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Now I feel that my trip is complete.

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I ate every last crumb!

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Scones and clotted cream.

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That was fun!

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See ya’ later, British Museum!

Tomorrow, back to San Francisco!

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Above is the last entry of the journal I wrote during my Cannes/London trip.

Overall, this trip was an amazing experience and I’m glad I was able to do almost everything I planned to.

I met so many amazing people along the way and was inspired by everything I encountered.

I hope you all enjoyed reading these posts!

Best,

G. E.

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