Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing, 1767-68, oil on canvas, 81 × 64 cm, Wallace Collection, London. Source

The epitome of aristocratic naughtiness! A girl sits on an outdoor swing pushed by an elderly gentleman, whilst a younger man lies hidden in the foreground foliage. As the girl swings forward, she lifts her leg and tosses her shoe towards a marble statue, a movement that also grants her hiding lover a rather racy view. The Swing is one of the most famous works of the French Rococo period.

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873)
“The Arab Tent” (1866)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Wallace Collection, London, England


7. Bishops Mantle.

Long(ish) post incoming

SO my new helmet is in the works, I’ll be getting it sometime october, it’s based on an armet from The Wallace Collection, but it’s a more simplified closed helm for reenactment purposes.

here’s the final design, and what it’s based on:

So here, I’m using an older sketch to brainstorm some Ideas for my in-progress SCA kit, and I’m stuck on whether or not I should commission a pointed bishops mantle, like those of the Wallace Collection, OR a more classic, rounded one.

Also considering bronzing the armor, but that’d be far later.

Anyways, What do you guys think? I’m conflicted, its a small decision that’s pretty much purely aesthetic. Rounded one, or Pointed one?


edited this photo I took of a panting from the wallace collection in london cos I wanna try model it sometime with the painting in 3D too… or something like it at least

Chilta hazar masha (coat of a thousand nails), kulah khud (helmet), bazu band (arm guards). Indian armored clothing made from layers of fabric faced with velvet and studded with numerous small brass nails, which were often gilded. Fabric armor was very popular in India because metal became very hot under the Indian sun. This example has additional armor plates on the chest area, arms, and thighs. The Wallace Collection, London England.