Thistle From The Sands, by Alphonse Mucha (1902, Mucha Museum, Prague)
Mucha regularly holidayed in the coastal province of Brittany in northwestern France, and referred to this panel as La Bretonne. The plant carried by the Breton woman is in fact not a thistle but a sea holly which flourished in coastal areas (www.muchafoundation.org).
Besides retirement homes for old horses there is also a retirement home for cows: Stichting De Leemhuis in Friesland. For several reasons the cows have escaped the trip to the slaughterhouse, sometimes because they are from a petting zoo, or the owner wanted his animal to live out his or her live.
Omar Pasha Latas (1806-1871) was the skillful leader of the Ottoman (Turkish) forces during the Crimean War. He was born in present day Croatia. In 1854 he defeated 40,000 Russians at Eupatoria in the Crimea.
Colonel Simmons & Omar Pacha
Colonel Simmons was the Queen's Commissioner at the headquarters of the Ottoman Army.
Sharpshooter competition in De Bilt, 1869 (W. van Dijk). The crown prince is standing behind his father (the bearded man in the middle).
Prince Willem (born September 4th, 1840), heir to the throne, had big fights with his father King Willem III. He wanted to marry the Dutch countess Mathilde, but his father refused to approve the marriage because she was not foreign, or too low of nobility (or maybe he had an affair with her mother, making Mathile the stepsister of Willem).
This is the only known photo showing both father and son.
Prince Willem then went into exile in Paris, where he threw himself into a life of sex, drinking and gambling. He died at age 38 in his apartment at 19 Rue Auber, Paris (near the Opera), from a combination of typhus, liver complaints and total exhaustion.
On October 26, 1903, in the presence of His Majesty King Edward VI and Queen Alexandra, the new Gaiety Theatre opened with the premiere of the musical comedy The Orchid in which Gertie Millar starred as Lady Violet Anstruther, the principal pupil at a horticultural college. The show ran for 559 performances.