Tuesday, July 7


Lifestyles of the Rich and Clerical, Revisited

My previous post on one of the odder subgenres of Victorian art--well-fed cardinals leading a chaste but jovial dolce vita--and its peculiar, if light, mood of anticlerical satire, inspired an excellent and lavisly-illustrated post on the subject by Mr. Adam Mitchell Bond, over at his site, the Gentleman's Journal Do have a look round. Whatever the original intent of the painter, the paintings themselves are hard not to love in this dour age. Especially this one, which not only reminds one of our Sovereign Pontiff's love of cats while at the same time being a potent argument for the return of the tufted fascia, as one of our own readers has commented.

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