Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Burghersh

Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Burghersh (Roger Fenton, 1855).

Francis William Henry (1825-1891), 12th Earl of Westmorland, entered the army in 1843 and went to the Crimea as aide-de-camp to Lord Raglan. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1855. On his return to England he received the Crimean medal. He succeeded to the title of 12th Baron Burghersh in 1859.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Man & Two Wives

A man and his two wives? ± 1850, 6th plate.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse (Alfons) Mucha (1860-1939): 'The Printing of the Bible of Kralice in Ivancice', 1914.  Mucha Museum, Prague, Czech Republic.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Operation Sea Lion

Operation Sea Lion (German: Unternehmen Seelöwe) was Nazi Germany's plan to invade England during World War II, beginning in 1940. To have had any chance of success the operation would have required air supremacy over the English Channel. With the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, Sea Lion was postponed indefinitely on 17 September 1940 and never carried out.

Monday, April 19, 2010


City walls of Tallinn, Estonia.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lord Raglan's HQ

Lord Raglan's Head Quarters, with a.o. Lord Raglan (white hat), Marshal Pélissier and Lord Burghersh.

Field Marshal FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (1788 – 1855), lost his arm at Waterloo. He was the commander of the British forces in Crimea untill he died of cholera. He had strong diplomatic skills, but was rather incompetent in commanding the forces during battles.

Photographer Roger Fenton, exhausted and depressed, left Balaklava on 29 June 1855, narrowly escaping the cholera epidemic that claimed many victims, including Lord Raglan.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jan Cock Blomhoff (ヤン・コック・ブロンホフ)

Jan Cock Blomhoff with his little son Johannes and the Dutch nurse-maid Petronella

From 1806 until 1823 Jan Cock Blomhoff (Amsterdam 1779 - Amersfoort 1853) stayed at the Dutch trading post at Dejima, Japan. The Dutch were the only westerners allowed by the Japanese ruler, the shogun, to trade with the Japanese people (since they hadn't tried to convert the Japanese to Christianity).

In 1813 he refused to surrender the post to the English. He was taken captive and send to England. Released in 1815, he married in 1816 and returned to Japan in July 1817, accompanied by his wife Titia Bergsma, his newborn son, and a nurse-maid. This was highly exceptional since no western women were allowed in Japan. The shogun refused to grand them a residence permit, and Tita, her son, and the nurse had to return to the Netherlands in December 1817. He never saw her back, she died in 1821, reportedly of grief.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gene Tierney - 'Dragonwyck' (1946)

On a trip to the West Coast, she once visited Warner Bros. studios. The director Anatole Litvak, who was so taken by the seventeen-year-old’s beauty, told her that she should become an actress. Warner Bros. wanted to sign her to a contract, but her parents advised against it because of the low salary. Her father felt “If Gene is to be an actress, it should be in the legitimate theatre.” Tierney then started to studie acting at a small Greenwich Village acting studio in New York.

Friday, April 9, 2010

passed on fiancee: princess Dagmar of Denmark

Dagmar and Nicholas

The father of princess Dagmar (1847-1928) was the king of Denmark. In 1864 she became engaged to the crown prince of Russia, Nicholas. Nicholas knew her by the cartes-de-visité he had seen of her, he always carried with him a photograph of Dagmar. When they finally met in 1864 they fell in love. When he suddenly became ill in 1865, and eventually died, she married his brother, the new crown prince Alexander. As Maria Feodorovna she became emperess of Russia in 1881.

Dagmar and Alexander

Another royal passed on fiancee: Princess Mary of Teck.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Gene Tierney Movie Card

Gene Tierney

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The old Genoese Castle at Balaklava

Balaclava looking seawards, the Commandant's house in the foreground.

The area around Balaclava in the Crimean War. Showing a general view of the landscape and buildings with the Commandant's house in the foreground, behind which, to the right, is the ordnance wharf and the harbor with a line of ships receding to the middle distance, and in the upper left corner, the remains of the old Genoese castle perched on the hills that line the harbor.

The old Genoese Castle at Balaklava, from above the Cattle Pier.

In the 13th century, the Republic of Genoa seized the settlements which their rivals, the Venetians, had built along the Crimean coast and established themselves at Cembalo, Soldaia, Cherco and Caffa, gaining control of the Crimean economy and of Black Sea commerce for two centuries.

Photo's by Roger Fenton, 1855.


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