|Just love this old vintage film footage of London which was captured by a pioneering|
cinematographer by the name of Claude Friese-Greene. Apparently it's the first known
colour footage of our Capital and filmed way back in 1924. The footage was part of
26 segments from a film titled 'The Open Road' a film that covered a distance stretching
from Land's End in Cornwall and all the way up to John O'Groats in Scotland.
And in these brief London scenes we can see Westminster, Tower Bridge, Marble
Arch and some crowded scenes in Petticoat Lane Market.
They said that in it's early days, the cinematographer's original footage was technically
flawed. But thanks to the British Film Institute and modern technology, the footage
has been greatly improved.
I think that by correcting the speed of the film then it becomes much more real. And this is
something we saw in Peter Jackson's unbelievable restored film footage from World War I
film titled 'They Shall Not Grow Old.'
Thanks to Neil for sending me this footage.
More can be read on this story at THE DAILY MAIL.
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|Just a few weeks ago in the build up to Christmas I had another|
look in at Kenwood House Hampstead as I was keen to try and
get some video footage on my phone. But being a sunny morning
many of the rooms were left in darkness apart from
the main Dining Room. And I was told that any bright light must
be kept off the important paintings and exhibits for fear of
So no filming on the day. But it did give me the chance to go
and look at some of the works that I probably overlooked on my
previous two visits, one being the Rembrandt self portrait which
hangs in The Dining Room.
In fact just as I entered the room there was a Kenwood House
tour guide informing a small group of visitors all about this great
painting. And as I came away from the group I was certain that
I overheard him saying that it was Rembrandt's sixth attempt
at the self portrait.
The Art Critic of The Guardian Jonathan Jones claims that
it is the single greatest painting in a British collection. And that
other great works like Van Gogh's Sunflower and Leonardo's
Virgin of The Rocks must surely take second place.
That article which was written shortly after the Kenwood
renovations (2012/13) can be read HERE.
The Rembrandt painting was acquired by Lord Iveagh who
owned and established Kenwood House and it's great art
collections. He originally bought the painting in 1888 at a
cost of £27,500.
And looking at this great work I do wonder what the significance is
of the two circles behind the artist.
( REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT - OIL ON CANVAS - 1665 - 1669 )
Above: A Coast Scene with Fishermen Hauling a Boat Ashore
by J M W Turner (1803 - 04).
Just one of several works that greets you as you approach
the Dining Room.
|Above: Pieter van den Broecke by Frans Hals (1633 ).|
Frans Hals was considered second only to Rembrandt
as a Dutch portrait painter.
SEE MY TWO PREVIOUS POSTS ON KENWOOD HOUSE HERE AND HERE (WITH VIDEO).