David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

22 March 2018

Dic. TAR

email received today :


The second edition of the internet tool Dictionary of Art Historians was officially rolled out today. Many of you had a chance to examine the beta version in NYC at the ARLIS meeting or in Los Angeles at CAA. The official press release, http://arthistorians.info/news, explains the tool and its history fully. A multitude of art librarians and scholars advised on it and the redesign. Please note the new url (no longer the “.org” one), www.arthistorians.info.

I also want to underscore one of the biggest changes is that we’re formally accepting contributions from the art community. If you know of staff, scholars, classes or even someone who’d you’d like to contribute, please use the ‘contribute’ link to begin the process.

Again, my thanks to this community for making this tool—which is very much ongoing—the success it has.



Lee Sorensen, A.M., A.M.

Librarian for Art, Visual Studies and Dance

Editor, Dictionary of Art Historians (new url)

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Re]ar(g]u(ard : 
   Theatre of the Actors of Rank
Re]ar(g]u(ard : 
  Theatre of Austral Remains
  • Burke, Joseph 
    "In 1946, again with sponsorship from Sir Keith Murdoch, the Herald Chair of Fine Arts was founded at the University of Melbourne.
  • Hoff, Ursula 
    Curator of prints and assistant director, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Hoff was the daughter of Hans Hoff, a pharmaceuticals salesperson and Thusnelde Hoff.
  • James, John 
    Medievalist, École de Chartes scholar; used an archaeological approach for Chartres scholarship. James entered the University of Melbourne in 1949.
  • Lindsay, Daryl 
    Director of the National Gallery, Victoria, Australia. Gave Ursula Hoff (q.v.) her postion as curator of prints and drawings. "The then director of the National Gallery of Victoria, J. S.
  • Lindsay, Jack 
    Biographer of artists, author and classical translator. Lindsay was the son of the libertine artist/writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) and Kathleen Parkinson (Lindsay).
  • Trendall, A. D. 
    Classical art historian of south Italian pottery from the 5th to the 4th centuries BC. Trendall's father was a woodworker in New Zealand.

 The Austral settled on the bottom of The See at Sydney
 Harbour, November 1882.
Theatre of the Aquanauts of Regard  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 


21 March 2018

Today is UN World Poetry Day

Honour Roll
yes, mate, on a roll
From our office pin-ups,
Bea Miles of Sydney (1902-1973)

Bea with one of her shingles offering ...

8/- 2/- 4d 6d 3½d

A second of her shingles
3/-  2/-  1/-  6d
Another from the streets of Sydney
around that time, Arthur Stace (1884-1967).
He wrote Eternity.

Arthur Stace               
Closer to home,
this hermit scrabbler from Mr D 
in yesterday's mail ...

Irezumi Sengai 
... followed by this, today.

Irezumi Sengai 
Also in 0ur UNWPD letter box today
two wave signed
see sea rider writer pages
from Bob ...

Robert MacPherson 
... and the usual fine line in Op Ed additions.

Robert MacPherson 
Plus, an ACT redaction edition postcard 
from Spare Room 33 ...

Spare Room 33 : Special Edition 1
Never before have so many incredible diamonds, emeralds
and other precious stones 
been seen 
] see : Der Blaue See See Writer ( 
in Australia. 
Cartier: The Exhibition 
showcases more than 300 spectacular items,
with loans from royal families,
and the astonishing Cartier Collection itself,
 in exquisite settings such as royal tiaras,
necklaces, brooches and earrings. 

-  from NGA website

... and this
red action
from TAR
after Issa
Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
            A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
            someone looks at something... 
            LOGOS/HA HA