Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Autumn Foliage

Autumn Foliage by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe
This painting of an autumn scene by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe really sets the mood for the season. This American born painter was known for her historical genre pictures and used painting as a means of supporting herself when her father died. I love those fall colors and the beautiful dress the young lady is wearing. What era do you think is depicted based on her clothing?

Autumn Activity:

Fall is a beautiful season to take long walks and ponder on the finer things of life.  Why not make it a point to do an autumn stroll once a week? Not only is walking soothing for the soul, but it is also healthy for the heart! The Regency Era appreciated this sort of exercise as you may notice from the many meanderings of the characters in the Jane Austen books.
“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” 
~ Jane Austen, Excerpt from Persuasion
Henrietta Musgrove and Anne Elliot walking on the shore at Lyme,
Illustrated by Barbara Brown

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