Tuesday, December 14, 2021

..and a final four paintings

Finally, to round off this rally of redheads, we have four more paintings. Each of which are quite unique in their own way.

First up this self-portrait by the artist Celia Frances Bedford.


Next up we have this one. It's by the American artist Guy Pène du Bois, and it's titled Girl in Striped Sweater. Very 20th century.

(Girl in Striped Sweater)

For the third we have this; Portrait of a Woman with a Blue Headband, by the artist Harrington Mann. This is a great image.

(Portrait of a Woman with a Blue Headband)

Lastly we have this - a very warm and richly coloured image, depicting a red-haired Mrs Cyprian Williams, along with her two red-haired children. It's by the British painter Philip Wilson Steer. Mrs Williams was an amateur artist who moved in the same circles as Steer.

(Mrs Cyprian Williams and her Two Little Girls, 1891)

And that's that.

..yet more red-haired artworks :)

An array of images that all have a vaguely Pre-Raphaelite feel now - or at least that's how I've grouped them.

No. 1: Cordelia's Portion by Ford Madox Brown (most definitely in the Pre-Raphaelite oeuvre).

(Cordelia's Portion)

(Cordelia's Portion - detail 1)

(Cordelia's Portion - detail 2)

No.2: The Boyhood of Alfred the Great by Edmund Leighton. (I'm not entirely sure which one's Alfred).

(The Boyhood of Alfred the Great)

(The Boyhood of Alfred the Great - detail)

No.3: This one's a tad more Pre-Raphaelite than the last. It's titled Apples, and is by the English painter Albert Joseph Moore. I really like this one.

(Apples - Albert Joseph Moore)

No.4: I really like this one too actually. Paolo and Francesca by Frank Dicksee.

(Paolo and Francesca)

(Paolo and Francesca - detail)

No.5: Finally, this one. Another beautiful painting. It's titled The Penance of Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, and is by the American artist Edwin Austin Abbey.

(The Penance of Eleanor)

(The Penance of Eleanor - detail)

Madonna(s) With Child - Joos van Cleve

This one's a bit of an odd one - numerous depictions of the Virgin Mary with child Jesus. All looking suspiciously ginger. All by the Antwerp-based painter Joos van Cleve.

There are so many I keep getting deja vu thinking I've uploaded them on here before. We've featured many redheaded Madonna and Child paintings over the years, but I think these ones are all new to the blog. Though we have mentioned van Cleve previously, when we featured his equally ginger Altarpiece of the Lamentation.

So here goes..

(Madonna and Child)

(Virgin and Child)

(Madonna of the Cherries)

(Madonna and Sleeping Child
in a Landscape)

(The Holy Family)

(Madonna with Child)

(The Holy Family)

And finally we have an image of Mary alone in prayer. Again red-haired.

(The Virgin in Prayer)

(The Virgin in Prayer - detail)

Definitely images worth adding to the 'Was Jesus Ginger?' folder.

Glasgow School Cool.

A couple of Glasgow School artists now. Firstly, this piece by Jessie M. King.

(A Spray of Wild Hemlock)

Then next up these two redhead laden images, by the artist David Gauld.


(St Agnes)

The Ghosts of the French Heroes - Girodet

This painting is by the French artist Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson. Quite a name. The painting itself is equally complex. In fact, only a segment of the grand array of subjects depicted are red-haired.

It's titled Ossian receiving the Ghosts of the French Heroes, and it depicts French generals who fell during the Napoleonic Wars. (We mentioned Ossian not too long ago in relation to red hair here: Ossian, and his ancient Gaelic redheads _)

I've cropped-in to get a better illustration of the coppery-haired angelic figures that are arced around the bottom-left of the picture.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Judas - Edward Okuń

This one's quite a striking and unique depiction of Judas Iscariot. The contrasts of light and dark are quite stunning. It's by the Polish Art Nouveau painter Edward Okuń (1872 - 1945).

Two (red-haired) Nudes in an Exotic Landscape

This one's a bit more modern ..and very colourful. It's by the French artist Jean Metzinger and is titled Baigneuses: Deux nus dans un paysage exotique, or in English: Bathers: Two Nudes in an Exotic Landscape.

Shepherd Boy with Sheep and Goats

This one is a beautiful image. It shows a reddish-haired shepherd boy with his flock. It's a joint work by the Dutch Golden Age painters Bartholomeus van der Helst and Jan Baptist Weenix.

(Shepherd Boy with Sheep and Goats)

St Anne Teaching St Mary - Josef Winterhalder

There's going to be a stream of posts on here over the next few days - or maybe the next few hours if I don't get too distracted. All artwork. I have a folder where I've been collecting the redhead works I've came across over the last twelve months; so as it's December, and nearing the end of 2021, I'll share them now.

First up this little one: it's an image showing St Anne teaching a young St Mary. I couldn't find too much information about the provenance, but it's supposedly by the German-Bohemian painter Josef Winterhalder the Younger.

The full image has an odd shield-like shape, so it lacks a bit of impact.

However, with a zoom-in it has a little more charm.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Poppies by George Henry, 1891.

I came across this image yesterday. I came across a few others too, but I think this one is so beautiful it deserves a post to itself.

(Poppies, 1891.)

It's titled Poppies, and is by the Scottish painter George Henry. It's also slightly fitting as we've just had Poppy Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Recently Read: The Future Is Red

I've finished reading Ian Cook's latest work The Future Is Red. I actually reviewed it on Amazon yesterday, so it's something of a relief to be reviewing it on here. I'm always scared of giving the plot away with proper book reviews. Plus I'm always mindful that the things I value in a book might not necessarily be what other people value. So it's a little easier being back here. I have a lot more leeway ..though I'll still try not to spoil things for anyone.

It was a cracking read. I really enjoyed it. That was helped partly by the fact that it ticked a lot of boxes for me. Aside from my obvious interest in red hair it also features Mars, Antarctica, witches and megaliths; along with Celtic/British history and myth. So a lot of themes I have a natural interest in already. I have an especial interest in Antarctica, so having that linked with red hair was particularly appealing.

The book also features a discovered skeleton of a red-haired giant - which again is another favoured topic. Like many things in the book this is something that's fantastical, but at the same time rooted in the real world somewhat, what with the many accounts of giants, some red-haired, in historical accounts and newspaper clippings, etc. So the book lives on that liminal boundary between the real and the supernatural. Which is something I always really like. This was another huge plus actually, as you get a tour through many real world sites as the story progresses. Some I was already familiar with, such as the Great Serpent Mound in Ohio, and the famous island of Iona, and others that were more of an education to me, such as the Rollright Stones and Dunsinane Hill.

As for the story itself, and again without wanting to give too much away, it's very much an unfolding mystery, with a treasure hunt type feel. When I started penning my Amazon review my first thought when it came to a description was that it's like a cross between an episode of the X-Files and an episode of Midsomer Murders. I didn't put that. Partly owing to the fact that most people outside the UK probably wouldn't know what Midsomer Murders was, but also because it's obviously a little bit of a silly way to describe a book. However, it's still what springs to mind to me. It has the esoteric mystery (plus some of the fear and horror) of an X-Files episode, but it also has the gentle humour and picturesque nature of a mystery set in the British countryside. The characters have a real warmth and likeability, even those on the bad side of the good/evil divide. In fact, I really liked the ending in regard the major villain, it has a nice charm to it.

Finally, as ever when reviewing books I can never quite resist thieving bits. This particular passage I wanted to make note of. It comes when the character Charles is discussing flood myths. He says:
"For example, in Greek mythology, there's the story of Pyrrha of Thessaly. Pyrrhus means 'red' in Latin, and Horace and Ovid describe Pyrrha as a redhead. Anyway, the myth is that Pyrrha and her husband were the only survivors of a great deluge. Her husband was told by an oracle that they should both throw rocks over their shoulders. They do, and the rocks become human beings."
We've came across the name Pyrrha before - oddly Achilles, in his youth, was said to have been disguised as a girl called Pyrrha, supposedly the name a reference to his red hair. However, I wasn't aware of this red-haired Pyrrha, so it's another arrow to add to the quiver. According to Wikipedia it's said to be related to the Greek word purrhos, meaning flame-coloured. We also have the word pyro, meaning fire, which also stems from Greek and is no doubt related.

Falling meteorites, which also feature heavily in the story, could be said to be quite pyrotechnical. So it fits quite neatly :)

Sunday, October 3, 2021

October updates..

A shorty post today. Just giving a few updates.

Firstly, I'm currently reading The Future Is Red. This is Ian Cook's latest work of fiction. Some of the readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with his first book Redhead.

I'm really enjoying it so far, and I'll review it properly once I'm finished.

Secondly, I received a really nice email pointing out the following image. It shows St Margaret of Antioch, also known as Margaret the Virgin, with reddish hair.

I really like these medieval images. When I was reading up on St Margaret I also came across the following image. It's the coat of arms of Vehmaa - a municipality of Finland. I don't think this one can be claimed as a redhead per se, as pretty much everything is red, bar the dragon. Plus, it's obviously modern.

Still quite cool though.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

How many US presidents had red hair? The complete list

 On the internet, you'll find many lists of red-haired US presidents, but I bet this one is the most complete.

Here are the red-haired American presidents we've found so far. Click on the names and you'll be redirected to their posts.

1) George Washington, 1st president

2) Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president


 3) Andrew Jackson, 7th president, Democratic Party

4) Martin van Buren, 8th president, Democratic Party

5) Franklin Pierce, 14th president, Democratic Party


6) Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president, Republican Party

7) Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president, Republican Party

8) Calvin Coolidge, 30th president, Republican Party

9) Dwight Eisenhower, 34th president, Republican Party

10) John F. Kennedy, 35th president, Democratic Party

And that's 10 of them! Since we are currently at 46th president, this means that roughly the 22% of them had red hair, which is huge, since, as you know, redheads are only the 2% of the world population. It's only the Scottish and Irish heritage of first Americans or there's something more? Ai posteri l'ardua sentenza, as the Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni put it. 😉

And, if in your country you had red-haired presidents, please let us know!

PS: according to some, Donald Trump too has (or, at least, had) red hair, but in photos taken when he was younger, it looks more light brown to me.