News from Afar (mid 1860s) by Alfred Stevens (Belgian, 1823-1906). Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

The Seventh Plague (1823) by John Martin (England, 1789–1854). Plague of hail and fire. Exodus 9:13-35. Museum of Fine Arts.

Pity this isn't a painting of a full moon! Look out of your window now (in the UK, at least) you may see a "supermoon" - the biggest full moon in our sky in all of 2020.

Two Men Contemplating the Moon (c. 1825–30) by Caspar David Friedrich (Germany, 1774-1840). The Met.

Before a Mirror (1887) by Robert Barrett Browning (UK, 1846-1912). The artist is the son of English poets Robert Browning & Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

London Bridge – Half Tide (1884) by John Atkinson Grimshaw (England, 1836-1893). ,

Full moon at Pillnitz [Vollmond bei Pillnitz] by Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869).

Edwardian era humour. MR BINKS: "One of my ancestors fell at Waterloo." LADY CLARE: "Ah? Which platform?". Punch magazine, Nov 1905.

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun (c. 1803-1805) by William Blake (UK, 1757-1827). National Gallery (London).

Neptune by Charles Napier Kennedy (UK, 1852–1898). Neptune is the god of freshwater & the sea in Roman religion. His Anicent Greek counterpart is Poseidon.

Horace in the villa (1877) by Camillo Miola (1840-1919). Horace (65 to 8 BC) wrote several poems about the villa and it's location, so it has now been found/you can visit.

The Death of Sappho (1819) by Pierre Auguste Vafflard (France, 1777-1837). Sappho was an Ancient Greek poet from the island of Lesbos.

Photograph of Queen Marie of Romania, late 1890. Marie published 34 books and short stories, both in Romanian and English, during her lifetime.

Reflections on the Thames, Westminster, London by John Atkinson Grimshaw (England, 1836–1893). Leeds Art Gallery (UK).

The Joyous Band (date, nk) by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803-74). English watercolour painter & lithographer. Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

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