Amazing. Remarkable.
Oil on Canvas. Seems to be following a painting by Brooking, painted five years after Monamy's death. Wish I'd been there.

Die Fälschung unterscheidet sich vom Original dadurch, dass sie echter aussieht.
Ernst Bloch

à bout de souffle

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THE SOUFFLÉ SINKS: THE STEAM SUBSIDES
     
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Another damned block-headed web-page! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?
Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, 1781

It has become a matter of dazzling clarity that the painting described as a "Large and Beautiful Sea-piece of the English Fleet in the Downs", hanging in the Foundling Hospital, and repeatedly reported to be by Peter Monamy, is in fact the composition by Charles Brooking, displayed here with multiple variations. Here, below, is what must have been Monamy's actual donation to the Hospital:


A large ship piece. A reconstruction

'History', Churchill observed, 'with its flickering lamp, stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passions of former days.' And he went on to pose the question which historians should ask themselves every day throughout their working lives, and which I welcome the opportunity to reflect on this afternoon. 'What', he inquired, 'is the worth of all this?' Making History Now; lecture by Professor David Cannadine.

A striving for knowledge for its own sake, a love of justice bordering on fanaticism and a striving for personal independence: these are the elements of the tradition of the Jewish people which have always made me consider my membership of it as a gift ...

Albert Einstein is reported to have said this in 1933. Were I Jewish, I'd dare say the same.

1751 "and in the great room or eating room is a large ship peece by Monamy." See Vertue III p.157.

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his nonentity in an abstraction.

Marshall McLuhan, June 22 1951

The type of person described by McLuhan has been dubbed a "dundridge" by Richard Dawkins.
The type is familiar, but I don't think this term will catch on.

Scholars belong to guilds held together by common opinions, attitudes, and methods.

Cyrus H.Gordon, 1982

"In one view ... the history of scholarship is a history of error".

E.G.Stanley, 1975.

"The greatest historical heresy ..... is to tell them the truth."

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, 1747 - 1813, author, translator and lawyer.

..... history is often the manufacture of the mere liar.
Jefferson Davis, 1808 - 1889

"History is merely a version of events."

Napoleon, and others.

"There is no history, only fictions of varying degrees of plausibility."

Voltaire

History is something to be created rather than learned.
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
Lies will pass into history.

George Orwell, 1903 - 1950

History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.

Max Beerbohm, 1872 -1956

Sham impartialists -----simper honesty as they suppress documents.

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1871

"we have to develop a technique of questioning, asking questions which arise out of artwork"

Helen Gardner, 1959.

A scholarly myth can spread 'like a computer virus'.

Helen Morales, TLS, May 15, 2009, p 11

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"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men"

Matthew Arnold. 1853. Debatable.

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