Thursday, 26 January 2012

Vertically challenged & dangerous.

Criminal mastermind, professional dwarf and fairground impresario, Mr Bartholomew Herring poses for a quick daguerreotype in 1883.

Strangely enough he was arrested just a year later on this very same carousel horse after a daring getaway attempt. Contemporary eyewitness reports confirm that the chase, involving several police constables, a small dog and a string of sausages, lasted for several hours. The felon was finally caught when the carousel's steam traction engine was shut down by a fairground worker to prevent overheating.
'The Mad Midget'
gouache & digital paint/processing

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Criminal Evidence

This may be one of the few surviving images of Miss Myrtle Buckthorpe, the infamous Victorian murderess. It is generally surmised that this was the last photograph ever taken by investigative journalist Edwin Giles-Sanby before he went missing in 1892.
'Criminal Evidence'
acrylics & digital paint/processing

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Lost Masterpieces of the Western World: Bridget of Troy

Helen's Sister. The face that didn't launch a thousand ships.
'Lost Masterpieces of the Western World: Bridget of Troy'

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
All rights reserved.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Destroy all Earthlings (but protect the local wildlife)!

Sergeant Aphis Vargonburp of the 1st Armoured Division, part-time librarian and amateur botanist, was delighted to find a nice example of Bellis perennis in the aftermath of the latest blitzkrieg.
'Destroy all Earthlings (but protect the local wildlife)!'

Friday, 20 January 2012

DIY particle physics

The search for dark matter is an unusual hobby but it has occupied retired bank manager, Eric Braithwaite, for several years. He's spent countless hours in the garden shed tinkering around with homemade heavy ion colliders whilst avoiding accidental black holes and unravelling superstring.
'DIY particle physics'
gouache paint with digital processing

Need a place to stay?

'Property to let'
acrylics & digital paint/processing

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A Special Relationship

'The Dictator's Pet Rat'

digital paint

Flying Lessons

On 13th January 1908, the pioneering aviator Henry Farman managed to complete an official 500 metre circuit in his Voisin biplane. The flight (at Issy-les-Moulineaux) took one minute and 28 seconds to complete and Mr Farman was 50,000 francs richer when he landed. Those were the days.
'Henry Farman's Voisin biplane'

inks, acrylics & digital paint/processing

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Guardians of the Empire (Part 2)

The highly decorated Major Gideon Forsyth pauses briefly for his portrait in front of the heavily armoured war engine 'Her Majesty's Land Steamer Expendable'.

'Major Gideon Forsyth & the HMLS Expendable'

digital paint

Monday, 16 January 2012

Guardians of the Empire

The illustrious Cap'n Carruthers poses for a quick daguerreotype in front of the land steamer HMLS Dreadful.
'Captain Reginald Carruthers & the HMLS Dreadful'

digital paint

Friday, 13 January 2012

L'après-midi d'un faune

Vaslav Nijinsky's dancing understudy, Miroslav Kaporlachov, prepares himself for the matinée performance.
'L'après-midi d'un faune'
digital paint

Friday, 6 January 2012

Men with birds

 'The Call of the Sea'
acrylics on paper

 'The Hour of the Crow'
acrylics on paper

'The Day-tripper (Wish You Were Here)'
acrylics & digital paint/processing

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Brave Hearts and Smelly Fingers

Military historians and fishmongers everywhere get pretty excited when you mention The Order of the Fish. The fact that it's been awarded only twice since records began gives it an almost legendary status. It was last given to Mr Stanislav Pekrov in 1916 for piscatorial services far beyond the call of duty.
'Stanislav Pekrov & The Order of the Fish'
acrylics on paper 

Before that, way back in 1588, the honour was bestowed upon the enigmatic sea-faring fish merchant, Archibald Henry Hawthorne, possibly the first of the Famous Fighting Fishmongers that saw action during the Anglo-Spanish Wars. 
'Fish Vision'
acrylics & digital paint/processing

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Age of Flight

  Homage to "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" and the wonderful Ronald Searle.

'Flying Machine'
digital paint

Monday, 2 January 2012

Cowboys & Indians

Politically incorrect I know. You can't say 'cowboys' any more, that's sexist. 'Indians' or 'Red Indians' is completely forbidden of course, 'Native American' is also increasingly frowned upon. So the revised but slightly less catchy title for this blog needs to be: "Cattle Ranch Operatives and First/Indigenous Peoples of America".

The Gunslinger
acrylics & digital paint/processing

Into the West
digital paint

Sunday, 1 January 2012

"All art is quite useless"

Oscar Wilde pauses for a cigarette break during his portrait session with Napoleon Sarony  in New York (1882).

"All art is quite useless"

digital paint