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Family portraits by American painter Eastman Johnson. Living from 1824 to 1906 he studied art in Düsseldorf, The Hague and Paris. One of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Portrait of the Brown family. Based on a Matthew Brady photograph.  1869.
Portrait of the Brown family. Based on a Matthew Brady photograph. 1869. Collection of the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Cc0 license 1.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portraits_(The_Brown_Family)_by_Eastman_Johnson,_1869,_oil_on_canvas,_based_on_a_Mathew_Brady_photograph_-_De_Young_Museum_-_DSC00950.JPG
Christmas Time: The Blodgett Family. 1864.
Christmas Time: The Blodgett Family. 1864. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/11258
Alfrederick Hatch Family. 1870-1871.
Alfrederick Hatch Family. 1870-1871. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/11263

Paintings of the American West from the other side of 1900. Albert Bierstadt, painter (1830-1902).

"Sunrise at Glacier Station." 1889-1890.
“Sunrise at Glacier Station.” 1889-1890. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via http://poulwebb.blogspot.com/2012/02/albert-bierstadt-landscape-painter-part_27.html
"Island of New Providence." 1891.
“Island of New Providence.” 1891. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://ludwig-mies-vanderrohe.blogspot.com/2012/02/albert-bierstadt-landscape-painter-part.html
"The Morteratsch Glacier, Upper Engadine Valley, Pontresina." 1895.
“The Morteratsch Glacier, Upper Engadine Valley, Pontresina.” 1895. Collection of the Brooklyn Museum. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://visualelsewhere.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/albert-bierstadt-brooklyn-museum-the-morteratsch-glacier-upper-engadine-valley-pontresina-18
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Sèvres porcelain. Collection of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

Two handled vase. 1782.
Two handled vase. 1782. French. Soft-paste porcelain with gilt-bronze mounts. Charles de Wailly, designer. Nicolas Schradre and Jean-Claude Duplessis le Père, gilders. Cc0 License 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/33480/two-handled-vase-3/
Fuchsia vase. ca. 1907.
Fuchsia vase. ca. 1907. Soft-paste porcelain with translucent enamel and gold. André-Fernand Thesmar artist. Cc0 License 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/27203
Vase. 1767.
Vase. 1767. Decorated with the “bleu nouveau” ground color, overlaid with an unusual gilt pattern. Soft-paste porcelain. Cc0 License 0. via https://art.thewalters.org/detail/21601/oviform-vase-vase–oreilles-nouveau/

Mountains to escape into with enough of them to cover your entire sitting room wall, painted by American landscape artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848). Founder of the Hudson River School.

"Evening in Arcady." 1843.
“Evening in Arcady.” 1843. Oil on canvas. © 2015 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. Fair use license. via https://www.thewadsworth.org/collection/hudson-river-school/
"View Near the Village of Catskill." 1827.
“View Near the Village of Catskill.” 1827. Oil on wood, Image © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Fair use license. via http://www.explorethomascole.org/gallery/items/19
“Shroon Mountain, Adirondacks." 1838.
“Shroon Mountain, Adirondacks.” 1838. Oil on canvas. Image ©Cleveland Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.britannica.com/art/Hudson-River-school/media/274715/5990

Images of the Ottoman Levant on the cusp of the 19th century. Antoine-Laurent Castellan, artist (1772-1838). Wrote a book on the subject, too.

"Fontaine Turque à Gallipoli." Undated. Oil on canvas.
“Fontaine Turque à Gallipoli.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Private collection. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Antoine-laurent_Castellan_-_Fontaine_Turque_%C3%A0_Gallipoli.jpg
Untitled. 1808.
Untitled. 1808. Image © 1986-2019 Invaluable, LLC and Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/antoine-laurent-castellan-french-1772-1838-214-c-lcuyiqdawc#
"Soumouk, pêcherie." 1812.
“Soumouk, pêcherie.” 1812. Illustration from Castellan’s “Moeurs, usages, costumes des Othomans, et abrégé de leur histoire”, published in 1812. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soumouk,_p%C3%AAcherie_-_Castellan_Antoine-laurent_-_1812.jpg
"Mosquée."
“Mosquée.” 1812. Illustration from Castellan’s “Moeurs, usages, costumes des Othomans, et abrégé de leur histoire”, published in 1812. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Mosqu%C3%A9e_-_Castellan_Antoine-laurent_-_1812.jpg
"Ottoman emblems and military flags."
“Ottoman emblems and military flags.” 1812. Illustration from Castellan’s “Moeurs, usages, costumes des Othomans, et abrégé de leur histoire”, published in 1812. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 70 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ottoman_emblems_and_military_flags_-_Castellan_Antoine-laurent_-_1812.jpg

Portraits of women by German artist Oskar Zwintscher. Living from 1870 to 1916 he studied art in Leipzig and Dresden. Often associated with the Jugendstil movement.

Mirror portrait. 1914.
Mirror portrait. 1914. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zwintscher-Mirror.jpg
Bildnis mit narzissen. 1907.
Bildnis mit narzissen. 1907. Image © 2019 MutualArt Services, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/BILDNIS-MIT-NARZISSEN/DF308A7656FDD644
"Sehnsucht." 1895.
“Sehnsucht.” 1895. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://chasinglife.be/sehnsucht/

An envisioning . . . 1950 and the house on the edge of Marseilles.

Oh to be here.

France, a morning sun smiling in the sky and a third cup of coffee. Too much, what with the doctor saying only two, but the cream so good and the croissants beyond delicious. Not here to see anyway.

Bad for one’s heart and an extra beat here and there but a need to live in a world constrained by everything. Well, not sunshine and food but the rest of it.

Husband gone up against the wall back in Petrograd and out with a baby under each arm and nurse with the others. Nothing but the rubies from mother’s tiara picked out and sewn into little girl pinafores.

Finland and then round and round like riding on a Catherine wheel from spoke to spoke. Gibraltar and a fellow but not the marrying kind. Living from spark to spark and pawn shop to pawn shop with a ruby gone in each place.

But all right in the end. A new husband and even nicer than the first one. Well, not an aristocrat but a lawyer who gets rich defending dukes and princes and that’s almost as good.

The children big with tiny children of their own and all down for Easter. A treat it is.

But still. Impossible to walk the cliff to the beach. People that want you to do things when all you want to do is remember.

Back and back. Saint Petersburg and Grandmama and the photographer. Hair bow forgotten but a little brother with a sash in tartan silk. Gone from diphtheria the next year but a treasure while he was there.

Someone to play with and someone to tend  . . . .a warm nursery and a mother that got all dressed up to go to balls at the palace coming up before bedtime looking like a princess in a fairy tale . . . all one needs . . .never mind what came later . . .good one didn’t know . . .

Romanov children Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich and his sister Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger. ca. 1892.
Romanov children Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich and his sister Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger. ca. 1892. Vintage photograph. via https://scontent.fphl1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/58443772_2059595344139778_9113835669133721600_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-2.fna&oh=ee59e6374245a95978e2c102f2b7806b&oe=5D751835

Women a little more exotic than the ones in the linoleum ads. Andrew Loomis, illustrator (1892-1959).

"Drink Budweiser, America's social companion." ca. 1930-1939.
“Drink Budweiser, America’s social companion.” ca. 1930-1939. ©2018 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/andrew-loomis/drink-budweiser-americas-social-companion-OHNi6vFKNJ48SlC1xkEiUw2
Woman dressed in gold. Undated.
Woman dressed in gold. Undated. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/loomis.htm