- Sarah Goodridge, Beauty Revealed. Self portrait miniature on ivory. 2 5/8th inches by 3 1/8th inches. American. 1828.

Let me just type that year again: 1828.

A variation on a Lover’s Eye, this was a gift from Goodridge to Daniel Webster (he who bargained with the devil in Stephen Vincent Benet’s short story) and discovered in his possessions after his death. Most descriptions of the duo’s relationship depict them as “friends and correspondents.”

Right. She painted 12 portraits of Webster over the years. He burned her letters. She kept his, and never married.

Here’s the rest of Sarah Goodridge, in another self-portrait from a couple of years later.

This little piece kills me. Cell phone porn and texted seductions are nothing new. We just keep reinventing ways to tell each other we’ve fallen in love.

The Blue Wall

“Democrats held the entire ‘blue wall’. They have now won 18 states in at least six consecutive elections, the most states they have won that often ever, since the formation of the modern party system in 1828,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst and National Journal Editorial Director Ron Brownstein.

Marie Jeanne Puissant (1745-1828) by Alexander Roslin, 1781. Charged upper left with the sitter’s coat of arms.

Enjoying the Evening Cool under a Gourd Trellis
Artist: Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1763–1828)
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Date: early 19th century
Culture: Japan
Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

The Met

  Landscape, 1869, oil on panel by Jean Pierre François Lamorinière, Belgian, 1828-1911.  National Museums, Liverpool, England.

Eugène Delacroix, Faust, 1828

“This is the first of a series of seventeen illustrations supplied by Delacroix for a French translation by Albert Stapfer of part one of Goethe’s Faust, published in Paris in 1828. In this scene from the Prologue in Heaven, Mephistopheles, flying above the nocturnal city skyline, comments of his recent interview with the Lord, ‘I like to see the Old Man now and then, / and take good care to keep on speaking terms.’”