10 thoughts on “QUOTE: “Being not unacquainted with woe, I learned to help the unfortunate.” Virgil.

  1. Such a human, wonderful, being there, seeing that, painting. I love brillance like this that sends photographic painting masterpieces from the past with incredible precision and humanity. He is amazing isn’t he, and she is more beautiful than many of his subjects, and so, she shows us his heart.


    • Lucky you! When I went to art school the fad was to paint cold, ironic or ugly abstractions as if humanity was something to be despised. One older lady kept to herself and painted horses with such love she put us all to shame–though most of us were too young to realize it. 🙂

      Also, I just love the name Gainsborough, don’t you?

      Have a wonderful week, Annika.

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      • Oh, the painting themes sound rather dire and dreary to concentrate on such a subject matter. As for the name Gainsborough, it is a terrific name but so synonymous with the area I just take it for granted. Constable lived and worked nearby too – so the two vie for attention even to this day! Wishing you a lovely week too, Adrienne. 😃


  2. He was the most poetic of English painters, as Keats was the most painterly of English poets. As ever, Adrienne, your choice of quote justifies a post on its own. “Being not unacquainted with woe” launches a thousand stories, a thousand pictures. Thank you for putting a thrill down my sad English back this Sunday morning!

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  3. Love both the quote and the painting. Didn’t know Gainsborough painted anything but the upper class. Thanks for bringing this other side of Gainsborough to my attention.


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