Recognize that intricate, illuminated pattern? Turns out William Morris, the founder of the famed textile company known for signature floral patterns, was also a poet. This collection of poetry was first published in 1858, and many of the poems reference the legends of #KingArthur.
This first poem, "The Defence of Guenevere," is written from Guenevere's perspective as she defends herself against the charge of adultery. Using this ancient setting, Morris was able speak openly about issues of love and desire during a repressive Victorian era.
#WilliamMorris (1834-1896), “The Defence of #Guenevere and other poems," 1907, England. Gilded by calligrapher Graily Hewitt (1864–1952) and decorated by designer Allan Vigers (1858-1921).
#VaultTuesdays: taking you into the archives to show you some of the amazing things not currently on view.
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"When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture."
An English painter born #onthisday in 1776, Constable is best known for his large scale landscapes featuring his native Suffolk countryside. Don’t let these tiny details from his work "View on the Stour” (1882) fool you—the actual painting measures more than six feet wide and over four feet tall. See it for yourself in the #HuntingtonArtGallery.
In honor of today’s #primaryelection, our curator of Medieval Manuscripts & British History, Vanessa Wilkie, shares some insights into an election document from March 19, 1639:
“Starting in 1629, King Charles I refused to call a Parliament for 11 years. Despite this fact, his subjects still held parliamentary elections, and kept detailed records of election results in documents like this one. By 1640, the king was bankrupt and had no choice but to reconvene Parliament.”
“It is never lost on me that if I lived in this time and place, as a woman, I would not have been allowed to vote in this election.”
[1-2] Document concerning an election for Parliament in Leicestershire, March 19, 1639  Curator Vanessa Wilkie with an “I Voted” sticker. #PowerToThePolls#CurateTheH#VaultTuesdays: taking you behind the scenes to see some amazing things not currently on view.
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Alfred Henry Maurer, “Head,” 1926.
Elie Nadelman, “Ideal Head,” ca. 1908-1911.
On view as part of a new installation in the #ScottGalleries.
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May the lines be short and the donuts plentiful. #donutblessing 🙏
Joseph Fadler, Danny's Donuts, Lakewood, CA, 1954. Safety film, 4 x 5 in. Southern California Edison Photograph Collection at #TheHuntington.
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Reward for early overcast walks in the #DesertGarden: seeing the elusive Echinopsis in bloom.
#Echinopsis ‘Pink Glory’ and Echinopsis robinsonia in the Desert Garden.
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Perfect book reading weather.📚
Tag your photo with #atTheH on your next visit, and we might repost—or display in our Mapel Orientation Gallery. 📸: @rosiechuong
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Three things for #MemorialDayweekend 🇺🇸:
Charles White’s powerful portrait “Soldier” (1944) from our art archives.
See shades of red, white and blue on display in the gardens (like these rose, Chinese snowball, and delphinium flowers).
Read the story of our grand old flagpole, purchased by Henry Huntington in 1909 and cut from a single tree (link in profile).
We will be open regular hours (10am - 5pm) on Monday, May 28 for #MemorialDay.