Meghan Loves Pinkie
Hello, Meghan here!
So we received a print in the shop recently and Angela thought it was a little creepy, but of course I loved it immediately! It's a beautiful girl standing in front of an eerie yet sunny seascape and she stares out from the portrait with a strong confidence that seems older than her years. At the bottom of her vintage off white frame is a teeny gold plaque that says Pinkie on it.
It turns out that this is a print based off of a Thomas Lawrence painting that hangs in The Huntington at San Marino. The gallery specializes in English portraiture and Pinkie hangs across from Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy.
Pinkie was a little girl who lived in Jamaica in the late 1700's. When she was six her father left and her mother had to raise Sarah (called Pinkie in the family) and her brothers alone. Sarah died when she was 12 years old, the only child in the family to die in childhood. She is the aunt of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Here is the wikipedia link that I used to find out about Sarah-called-Pinkie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkie_(Lawrence_painting). I think this might be one of my favorite things we've gotten in. Doesn't it feel awesome to learn new things?
Edited to Include: A few days later we got in a vintage copy of Mrs. Browning's Poems. Funny how sometimes things that are similar in theme come to the shop. Item Link.
Edited to Include: Remember how I mentioned the Blue Boy in the above paragraph? Well, we got him in a week after I wrote this on a wall plate. How funny things are sometimes!
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