Actually, right now, that would be the kitten – who is pretending to be a beard. I suppose, in times gone by, fair ground shows boasted something similar and labelled them The Bearded Lady, charging 2d to go and see such marvels.
More seriously, I do just want to say how immensely helpful I have found folk recently, in my search to find out more about a Victorian artist by the name of William Cave Thomas born 1820. I have been in touch with all sorts of people – some have been friends, some complete strangers – all have been as helpful as they possibly could be (except for one, who has obviously been too busy to respond to my email.)
WCT is an elusive fellow – he is also very interesting (at least, to me). Sadly, people of his time did not appreciate his style and so he probably ended his days in poverty – except I cannot find his death recorded anywhere … so maybe he lives on, wraith-like, turning out phantom paintings in an icy garret….
So, dear readers, if you should have a moment to consider my plight, and have any ideas where I might find out more about this shadowy man, please post me a comment or drop me an email. I have already tried the obvious places: RA, V&A, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Tate Britain and so on. I have even delved into letters he wrote to Ford Maddox Brown and visited the British Library to read his writings on art and on education. What I really really want to find are some more images of his work and any information there might be about his life and friendships.
Just a small thing then – but I feel better now I have got it off my chest – oh, and the cat has just followed OV out of the room, so I can breathe freely, without fur up my nose. I might even manage to edit this before I publish, and correct the errors made through an inadequate view of the screen!