Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Edwardian Striped Petunia

I like the stripes of summer especially in Petunias like the one pictured here. The stripe was the height of fashion during the Edwardian period; that first decade of the 20th century. It represented a jaunty casting off of all the stuffy Victorian gloom. The Australian artist Emanuel Phillips-Fox captured this in his sun drenched summer painting The Arbour from 1910. The boldly striped dress of a woman seated in a wicker chair is as vibrant as the boy in his red sailor suit who is ready to leap out of the scene and chase his hoop. The joys of summer.....
The Arbour 1910
Emanuel Phillips-Fox (1865-1915)

The height of fashion for men: the striped trousers with matching tie of the morning suit.

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