I found this picture on Elesium's Instagram gallery, and while the painter is given as Ambrose McEvoy, there's no clue as to sitter. I think it's rather lovely and would like to know more but so far haven't managed to find it anywhere else.
There's a gallery of McEvoy's work here, more to be seen here, and an interesting story about one painting here.
Edited to add: thanks to Fifiquilter - please see her comment below - we have the answer! This is Zita James, the elder of the two Jungman sisters, and she was painted by McEvoy in 1923. Here is the image that appeared in Bonhams catalogue when the portrait was sold in 2013 -
Prompted by Barbara's comment on this post, I thought I'd put together a list of yarn dyers/sellers I've used whose products I like. If I've already knitted something with the yarn in question I'll link to the post or Ravelry project page, if not it means the skein is still in the drawer awaiting its turn on the needles. Some of the following may be familiar to you, some perhaps less so, but I hope you'll find a source of good things among them.
I've been admiring the work of artist and illustrator Natasha Newton for about a year now, ever since I came across Rainstorm (shown second from top here). I regularly look at what's in her Etsy shop, and when she mentioned on Instagram the other day that a couple of prints had turned out rather darker than she'd planned and were up for grabs, I bought one straightaway as its deep blues and greys appealed greatly.
The Quiet of the Night 11 arrived today, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. I have a frame in mind and a place to hang it, and hopefully it will be joined by more of Natasha's work in time as I do love its stillness and serenity.
We first stayed at The Peat Inn years and years ago when it was run by David and Patricia Wilson who made it one of the foremost restaurants in Scotland. It was excellent then, and now - under new ownership - it is just as good.
A birthday celebration took us back to the Inn last week, and although we couldn't linger next morning as we'd like to have done, we did enjoy this breakfast which was (as is the norm) served in our room. Fresh or poached fruit, granola, yogurt with berry compote, boiled eggs, smoked Gigha halibut with lime, toast and pastries, a pot of good strong coffee - and a lovely cheery Fife lady to bring it to us. All was splendid.
To quote from curator Alice Strang's introduction to the catalogue: "In 1885 Sir William Fettes Douglas, President of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), declared that the work of a woman artist was 'like a man's only weaker and poorer'. In the same year, Fra Newbery was appointed Director of the Glasgow School of Art. Newbery turned the institution into the most advanced of its kind in Britain, not least for the employment and participation of female staff and students. The death in 1965 of Anne Redpath, who in 1952 had been the first female painter to be elected a full member of the RSA, was marked with a major touring memorial exhibition organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain. The eighty years which lay between these events saw an unprecedented number of Scottish women train and practise as artists: this period is the focus of [...] the exhibition."
In between are artists virtually unknown today, but painters and sculptors of great quality and vision, and it's to be hoped that this exhibition will not only bring these women out of the shadows but inspire further research into and collection of their work.
Above is a striking portrait, Anne Finlay, 1920, by Dorothy Johnstone. Anne Finlay, or 'Spook' as she was nicknamed, was herself an artist and a painting of hers is included in the exhibition, but this portrait is by her tutor at Edinburgh College of Art whose work is also represented by this picture.
The piece is by Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams (1877-1934), and the four infantryman flanking the horse are based on sketches made by Alice's husband, the artist Morris Meredith Williams, while serving in France from 1916-1919.
The gist of it is that if you can identify which personality type or 'tendency' you are - upholder, obliger, questioner, or rebel - then you will be better able to adopt particular strategies which will help you establish good habits and avoid the loopholes which can make it harder to break 'bad' habits. Simple!
If you can recommend a book on willpower, habit-change, personal development generally, do tell us in the comments.