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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Officers of the 88th Regiment (Roger Fenton, 1855)
The 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) (‘the Devil’s Own’) was an Irish Regiment of the British Army, one of eight Irish regiments raised and garrisoned in Ireland. It saw extensive service in the Peninsular War, Crimean War and Indian Mutiny.
Cannon at Eyre Square, Galway
In the Crimean War their service was recognised by the presentation to the city of Galway (Ireland) of a pair of guns in memoriam, which until recently remained on prominent display on the city's main square, and now are displayed outside City Hall.
next episode: Segovia
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Matthias Withoos (Amersfoort, 1627 – Hoorn, 1703): Landscape with a Graveyard by Night. A lot of his paintings have a vanitas motif. Vanitas is the Latin word for ‘emptiness’. It corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life. Common symbolic motives in vanitas paintings are among others skulls and flowers; they show the passage of time.
next episode: daguerreotype
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Movie Poster, 1921. This movie was based on a novel by the British novelist Elinor Glyn. She was among the most influence screenwriters in the 20s, shaping the careers of Clara Bow and Gloria Swanson.
next episode: graveyard
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Tsar and his four daughters in 1914.
The photo shows the four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia. They sometimes signed their names collectively using their first initials, as OTMA (in order of birth: Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia). They were brutally murdered at July 17, 1918
Tombstones marking the burial of the Tsar and his family in the Chapel of St. Catherine the Martyr in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg (photo by RfA, 2009).
next episode: poster
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Fort Stevens was part of Washington's primary defenses, a network of 68 earthen forts with cannon batteries and rifle pits.
On July 11, 1864 the Confederate army entered the Washington D.C. city limits for the only time. They were subsequently repelled at the 2-day Battle of Fort Stevens.
The two days of fighting never went much past skirmishing among soldiers outside the fort's walls; there was never a direct assault on the fort. In the end more than 900 men were killed or wounded on both sides.
President Lincoln, watching the battle from a parapet inside the fort, was nearly killed by Confederate sharpshooters; a surgeon standing near the president was hit!
Fort Stevens has been partially restored and can still be visited.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011
Isaac Ingalls Stevens (North Andover, Massachusetts 1818 - Battle of Chantilly, Virginia 1862) served as a brigadier general in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War.
Fort Stevens in Oregon, and Fort Stevens in Washington D.C. and Stevens County in were named for him. Washington
next episode: The Battle of Fort Stevens
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
The famous painter Alfons Mucha in his atelier (± 1900).next episode: Mikhail
Mucha (1860-1939) liked to paint scenes depicting Slavic nationalism. When the Germans occupied
they considered his work ‘reactionary’. He was arrested and interrogated by the
Gestapo. Shortly after his release he became ill and died. Although forbidden
by the Nazis 100000 people attended his funeral. Czechoslovakia