English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) endowed history with lyric faces, knowing precisely the style of elegance his sitters required. His technique was vivid, spontaneous and his use of colour passionate. He always talked of colour in musical terms; harmonies, rhythms and so forth. His beautiful likeness of the Hon Mrs Graham is still very popular. The crinkled folds of her dress are like lovely notes of music blending harmoniously together. Her husband hoping to find a cure for his wife’s consumption took her to the south of France. He had to return because war was declared and when passing through a military blockade soldiers, suspicious that he was smuggling gold in her coffin forced him to open it. The shock of seeing her corpse was so great on his arrival home he ordered all likenesses of her placed in storage and he never looked at them again.
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.
The central theme of The New Percy Grainger Companion, which has been edited by talented Australian music maker Penelope Thwaites AM, is to give information and help to young aspiring musicians and students of music from established musicians, who have a professional career in performing his life-celebrating repertoire.