For a minute I thought they were Fuseli. Very interesting.
The Dreadnought Hoax
The Dreadnaught Hoax was an elaborate prank orchestrated by members of the Bloomsbury Group. The plan was set in motion on February 7th 1910 when Horace de Vere Cole, who is described as an ‘eccentric prankster’, had a telegram, apparently signed by the Foreign Office, sent to the naval ship HMS Dreadnought notifying the captain of the imminent arrival onboard of a group of Abyssinian princes.
Under the pseudonym Herbert Cholmondeley, Cole then escorted his entourage, who, including Virginia Woolf (far left in photo), had disguised themselves by darkening their skin and dressing in turbans with false beards, to Paddington Station where he demanded a special train to Weymouth where the Dreadnought was moored. The stationmaster duly arranged a VIP carriage for them.
Upon their arrival in Weymouth the group was met with an honour guard. Unfortunately, no Abyssinian flag could be found so, oddly, the flag of Zanzibar was hoisted instead and Zanzibar’s national anthem played for the esteemed guests. The ‘princes’ then inspected the fleet and attempted to bestow fake military honours on the officers, speaking all the while in gibberish - frequently showing amazement or appreciation with cries of “Bunga! Bunga!”. An officer friend of both Cole and Woolf failed to recognise either of them.
When the hoax was eventually discovered the Royal Navy became a object of ridicule due to the Bloomsbury Group’s pacifist views. The Navy first called for Cole’s arrest, however, he had not broken the law. They then sent two officers to cane him but Cole countered this by arguing it was they who should be caned for allowing themselves to be fooled in the first place.
Old timey hijinks win.
I’m sure a portion of the tumblr Social Justice wing is livid, too…
because oh no blackface.
Virginia Woolf in blackface…hell, most of the Bloomsbury Group…
so they can f*ck with the Royal Navy…however…if you don’t find that funny…I’m done with associating with you.
The Navy couldn’t arrest Cole, so they just sent two officers to cane him…officers Cole managed to leave convinced that they should be caned instead…
Because if you can’t arrest them legally, beat them with canes, or at least try to and then go home and just try to forget about it.
New article idea: totting up how many years in GITMO they’d get if they tried that now on the US navy.
“I intended to be a painter before I became involved in film. A curious turn of events, however, brought me to cinema, where I began my present career. When I changed careers, I burnt all the pictures that I had painted up until then. I intended to forget painting once and for all. As a well-known Japanese proverb says, ‘If you chase two rabbits, you may not catch even one.’ I did no art work at all once I began to work in cinema. But since becoming a film director, I have found that drawing rough sketches was often a useful means of explaining ideas to my staff… I cannot help but be fascinated by the fact that when I tried to paint well, I could only produce mediocre pictures. But when I concentrated on delineating the ideas for my films, I unconsciously produced works that people find interesting.” — AK
The alchemist who has achieved illumination.
from Andrea de Pascalis, Alchemy: The Golden Art.
For the Love of Homer 1.1
Damien Hirst, you just cut that out right now.
Some masks come off, some don’t.
This film looks quite fascinating.
Nicolas Cage + Lichtenstein = Nictenstein
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Spectacular Edible Outfits Made of Ordinary Foods
Wearable Foods is an eye-catching series by Korean artist Yeonju Sung that presents a line of edible fashion. With these outfits, you won’t have to worry about getting food on your clothes. Using a variety of ingredients as her medium, the crafty artist has constructed a multitude of garments with consumable goods that include (but are not limited to) bananas, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplants, bread, eggs, and even bubble gum.
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