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Cape Cod - The County - Pt. 1
All through the clipper-ship era, the importance of the Cape steadily grew. She built ships at her own wharves and docked them there, and in the eighteen-forties she even had her own custom-house at Barnstable, although it cleared but one ship.
Cape Cod - The County - Pt. 2
Thoreau, on his famous journey to the Cape, when inclement weather forced him to coach between Sandwich and Orleans, was pleased not at all in respect of the utilities of the towns, but bears testimony, as a philosopher, to the extenuating attributes of their inhabitants.
Cape Cod - The County - Pt. 3
No picture of the Cape could be complete without some accent upon its men of the learned professions. Teacher, doctor, parson, and lawyer might or might not have shared the universal experience of the sea.
Cape Cod - Genius Loci - Pt. 1
It is interesting to look through a book like Freeman's Cape Cod, and study there the portraits of the men who built this unique community. They are often singularly handsome, with a fine, well-bred, upstanding air.
Cape Cod - Genius Loci - Pt. 2
We do well, now and again, to make friends with another time than our own. And by good fortune some of us may find a path to the Cape of pines and dunes where lay a township recreated for us in twilight stories by the nursery fire.
Cape Cod - Genius Loci - Pt. 3
The nation has its land of renewal in the genius of our fathers. Those early Pilgrims, the first immigrants, had by nature the spirit of democracy.
Model Soldiers
Making and collecting military miniatures is certainly nothing new. From time immemorial, man has created images of his heroes and gods.
Collecting Military Miniatures
Antique porcelain figures of soldiers, military suits of armor, wood carvings and many other items of interest to the military collector can still be found in antique stores and in the shops of dealers in art objects, arms and related subjects.
War Games
Chess, a game whose origin is lost in antiquity, is the best known of all war games. It has been traced back to about 200 B.C., and its origin has been attributed to many people of different races.
Table Top Photography
When skillfully done, table top photography can turn military miniatures into entrancing giants and, by experienced blending of lights and focus, diminish or eliminate some imperfections that are evident even to the untrained eye.
Dioramas and Scenery
A diorama is often thought of as a great stage covering a vast amount of space that the average home or modern apartment could not accommodate. This, however, is not true.
Converting Commercial Figures
Converting is a term used in the military miniature fraternity to describe the revamping of an inexpensive commercial figure into a fine detailed example of a particular person or soldier of a regiment with all the correct equipment and uniform colors.
Making an Original Model
The methods and materials used to make an original model depend on the final results desired by the collector. An original model may be made so that duplicates may be cast in plaster molds, or the original may be created as a one-of-a-kind figure.
Painting Military Miniatures
The finest brushes for miniature painting are red sables. Red sable has qualities unmatched by any other hair. Strength, slim body, fine points and great resilience.
Making Molds and Casting
Mold making and casting is an ancient art that has not changed in principle over the thousands of years since man first learned he could melt metal and pour it into a cavity and produce his tools, ornaments and weapons.
Anatomy and Drapery
One of the most discouraging discoveries for the amateur figure maker is to realize that, after hours of uniform research, modeling, casting and careful painting, the finished figure doesn't look right.
Source Material
Although there have been distinguishable features in the clothing of soldiers since ancient times, military uniforms, as thought of today, have a history of only a few hundred years.
A Capital Made To Order
With the possible exception of Petrograd, Washington is the only one of the world's great capitals that was deliberately created for its purpose.
War Times And Their Sequel
Within six weeks thereafter Fort Sumter had been fired upon, and the new President had issued his call for seventy-five thousand volunteers to maintain the laws of the United States, and summoned Congress to meet in extra session on the fourth of July.
On The Hill
Filling the pediment over the main portico is a bit of sculpture which enjoys the distinction of having been designed by John Quincy Adams, because he could not find an artist who could draw him what he wished.
These Our Lawmakers
The strong contrast between the two chambers has existed ever since the creation of Congress. This is not wonderful when we reflect that the Senate was for a long time made up of men chosen by the State legislatures from a social class well removed from the masses of the people.
The Other End Of The Avenue
Although Pennsylvania Avenue is several miles long, the mile that lies between the hill on which Congress sits and the slope where the President lives is called in local parlance, the Avenue.
Through Many Changing Years
The retirement of Monroe marked the end of the Virginia dynasty. It had always been a sore point with John Adams that the highest office of the Government should be passed from hand to hand in the Old Dominion.
The Spirit Of Great Events
Life at the White House was simple in Tyler's time. The President was in the habit of rising with the sun, lighting a fire that had been laid overnight in his study, and working at his desk till breakfast was served at eight o'clock.
New Faces In Old Places
Although constantly urged to take precautions for his own safety, Lincoln never did. He used to walk about the streets as freely as any ordinary citizen. Night after night, during the darkest period of the war, he would stroll across to Secretary Stanton's office to talk over the latest news from the front.
The Region Round About
No American city has suburbs more interesting than Washington's. Those that hold first rank, naturally, are on the Virginia side of the Potomac, the region most redolent of the memory of the great patriot whose name was given to the capital.
Monuments And Memories
The Monument is, of course, only one of many memorials to great men in Washington. We have heroes and philanthropists, poets and physicians, soldiers and men of science, mounted and afoot, standing and sitting.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts - Part 1
Logically our art tour in America begins with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and as we are searching out, as far as possible, masterpieces in painting, we will go directly to the Spanish room, the third one on the left.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts - Part 2
To the right of the corridor we enter the rooms of modern painting. One of the pictures that marks the revolution which split French art and set the two factionsóclassicists and romanticistsóat variance is The Pieta, by Delacroix (1798-1863).
New Haven, Yale School of Fine Arts
Probably the most comprehensive group of early Italian paintings in the world is the Jarves Collection of Primitives at Yale University. In the various galleries of Europe we find more famous single pictures of early art but nowhere is there quite so complete a history in consecutive examples.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 1
When we consider that it is less than fifty years (1871) since the collection of paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City was started, we may well congratulate ourselves on its collection today.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 2
The Forest of Fontainebleau, by Diaz, is one of those insistent pictures of nature that steal into our very heart of hearts. The light falling on the open space beckons us and the delicious shade of the splendid trees in the foreground holds us.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 3
Possibly the most startling acquisitions ever made to the Museum are Joaquin Sorolla's pictures. So startling is his representation of sunlight in Beaching the Boat (loaned to the Museum) that we involuntarily shade our eyes.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Part 4
The latter artist, Goya, is well represented by The Jewess of Tangier, a small canvas, yet glowing with an inner life that not even her elaborate brocaded costume and sparkling jewels can eclipse.
New York City, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Altman Collection
No collection of paintings bequeathed to any museum in America has ever attracted such widespread interest among the people as has the Altman collection since its bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Brooklyn, Institute of Arts and Sciences - Part 1
The Central Museum of the Brooklyn Institute has such splendid examples of particular phases of painting in various countries and of special artists that we shall confine ourselves to some of these in our first study of the pictures.
Brooklyn, Institute of Arts and Sciences - Part 2
The Museum has a splendid collection of paintings by American artists. Some of the pictures are of peculiar interest, as they represent rather unusual moods of the artists.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
To try to represent the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with six illustrations is simply absurd. We can only sketch briefly one of the several special themes of art represented in the gallery, then suggest some others to take up as we have time and opportunity.
Philadelphia, Wilstach Gallery
One unique circumstance connected with the Wilstach collection of paintings is that its first public home was in Memorial Hall, which during the Centennial Exposition in 1876 contained the first world exhibition of paintings in America.
Baltimore, Walters Gallery
Probably no private collection of pictures in this country has contributed more to the education of school people than Mr. Walters' Gallery in Baltimore.
Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art
Over one-third of the artists represented in the Corcoran Gallery are American-born and of those a goodly number are now among the leading artists of the world.
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute
The collection of paintings at the Carnegie Institute is largely made up of the work of contemporaneous artists in Europe and America. Some of the examples are already widely known because of frequent reproduction and special exhibitions in various cities.
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