Friday, November 14, 2008

The Casual Prince

Prince Charles turns 60 today and to commemorate his six decades in tweed, kilts, pinstripes and crowns, he strikes a casual military pose for photographer Hugo Burnand.  It's all inspired by this guy, Frederick Gustavus Burnaby, who was (as The Times of London tells it: an officer in the Household Cavalry who was, "variously, a balloonist, adventurer, Times correspondent, best-selling author and, reputedly, the strongest man the in the British Army. Legend has it that he once carried a pony under one arm").

This portrait of Burnaby, painted by the incredible James Jacques Tissot in 1870, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

3 comments:

Paul Pincus said...

this is easily my favourite post of the year!

He was Frederick Gustavus Burnaby, an officer in the Household Cavalry who was, variously, a balloonist, adventurer, Times correspondent, bestselling author and, reputedly, the strongest man in the British Army. Legend has it that he once carried a pony under one arm.

after reading the above, my head's whirling ; ) fantastic!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

He is weirdly attractive. So is the setting, the sofa, the slipcover, the chintz.

Hels said...

Tissot is typically depicted as painting just women, or at least women with a man or two in support. You have opened new possibilitites which I must pursue.

I have created a link between our two posts - many thanks
Hels
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