I love everything that’s old, – old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
- Oliver Goldsmith
We just started our English Lit course for A2 and the play we are studying is ‘She Stoops To Conquer’ the one successful play written by Oliver Goldsmith, a poet and playwrite who never quite got it right, he had one perfect play (‘she stoops..’) and one perfect poem. He wasn’t majorly successful, and he didn’t live the life of a movie star, but this one perfect play has become one of the most performed plays across the globe, and is used in nearly every A2 exam across the country. He might not have a ‘celebrity status’ or a recognisable name like Shakespeare, but without realising most people know the story, and quote the play.
Goldsmith, may have only got it right just the once, but he left a legacy for himself and with that people know who he is, who he was. It is that type of impact that artists seem to want to leave.
As a volunteer for Oxfam I tend to get first dibs on any of the donations, and I stumbled upon this absolutely gorgeous book from 1882, which reminded me of the quote that lends itself to the title of my post.
RAPHAEL : His Life, Works, and Times
Yes, I am aware that this is extremely nerdy… but guess what?…
….I don’t care!
So a quick apology for how bad I’ve been at keeping up with posts, but I’ve been rather busy… etc… etc
And, I’m gonna be even worse next week as I’m in Paris for a few days, then Chelsea for a week doing a drawing course!
So I’ll try to do a few updates as the week goes on and hopefully I’ll have some shots for you from Paris up over the weekend!
Hope you’re all having a great summer, and like/ comment to let me know what you think of this post and anything you’d like to see me post over the next few months!