Roger Fenton

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Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die…       Tennyson, 1854, from The Charge Of The Light Brigade.

The above photograph was taken by Roger Fenton, in 1855 during the Crimean War. It is titled ‘Cantiniere’, which is the name given to women who supplied food and drink to soldiers.

Roger Fenton was born in Rochdale in 1819. Grandson of a wealthy cotton manufacturer, son of a banker and MP.

He was founder and first secretary of the Photographic Society. It later became the Royal Photographic Society under the patronage of Prince Albert.

In 1853 he became the official photographer to the British Museum. Shortly afterwards he went to the Crimea, becoming one of the first war photographers. He was greatly affected by what he saw. Who wouldn’t be?

This square was cut from Tate Guide – Feb/March 2015.

You can see the whole piece here.

 

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Audrey Hepburn and Efram Zimbalist Jr.

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Audrey Hepburn and Efram Zimbalist Jr. as Susy and Sam Hendrix in Wait Until Dark, 1967. Directed by Terence Young. Cinematography by Charles Lang.

Synopsis: Susy is blind due to a recent accident. Her husband, Sam, has brought home a doll filled with heroin. He doesn’t know about the heroin. Neither does Susy. The baddies try to get the doll back. Sam is not at home. Henry Mancini plays some music.

The square was cut from a NPG leaflet. The film was shown to accompany the Hepburn exhibition, 2nd July – 18th October, 2015.

You can see the whole piece here.

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Trevor Howard

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Trevor Howard as Alec Harvey, in the film Brief Encounter, 1945. Based on a play by Noel Coward (1936) and directed by David Lean. Cinematographer, Robert Krasker.

Synopsis: Suburban housewife, Laura, meets Doctor Alec whilst on a shopping trip. A romance begins. And ends. Rachmaninoff plays. I am introduced to Rachmaninoff. There is a great railway cafe, which is actually a studio. Noel Coward makes the station announcements.

Trevor Howard was born in Kent in 1913, and studied at RADA.

He declined a CBE in 1982.

Up until this moment I had believed that he was related to Lesley Howard.

Celia Johnson, who plays Laura, is the first square of my patchwork.

The square was cut from ‘London Philharmonic Orchestra 2015/16 Concert Season’. Southbank Centre.

You can see the whole piece here.

 

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Maurice Greiffenhagen

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You can see the whole piece here.

This square was taken from a National Railway Museum Diary, 2015 (published by Francis Lincoln Limited), which was given to my mam, who did not use it. The page showed a London Midland and Scottish Railway poster by Maurice Greiffenhagan (1862 – 1931). The title of the artwork is Piccadilly Circus By Night, 1926.

Greiffenhagan was born and died in London. He was a Royal Academician.

He decorated the British Pavilions for the Paris Exhibition, 1925.

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Celia Johnson

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Celia Johnson (born in Richmond, 1908) as Laura Jesson in the film Brief Encounter, 1945. Based on a play by Noel Coward (1936) and directed by David Lean. Cinematographer, Robert Krasker.

Synopsis: Suburban housewife, Laura, meets Doctor Alec whilst on a shopping trip. A romance begins. And ends. Rachmaninoff plays. There is a great railway cafe, which is actually a studio. Noel Coward makes the station announcements.

Celia Johnson went to school in Hammersmith and, in 1926, attended RADA. Iain Fleming was her brother-in-law.

You can see the whole piece here.

The square was cut from ‘London Philharmonic Orchestra 2015/16 Concert Season’. Southbank Centre.

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London Pairs Patchwork

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Hand-stitched from discarded papers, found around London.

The squares are pairs of people, or in some cases, trios.

Credits in the links below:

*1. Celia Johnson     2. Piccadilly Circus     3. Virginia Woolf      4. Trevor Howard

5. Audrey Hepburn and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.    6.Roger Fenton    7. La Dolce Vita

8. Polly and Dolly    9. Mick and Ronnie    10. Common Blue    11. Paddington Station, 1937

12. The Blitz    13. Tove Jansson    14. Mr. and Mrs. Clark, and Blanche    15. Le Corsaire

16. James Stewart and Kim Novak