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  1. Hi Rob I could only find these two for now... https://www.mediastorehouse.com.au/fine-art-finder/artists/european-school/le-vocabulaire-illustre-balle-de-laine-24726248.html https://www.mediastorehouse.com.au/fine-art-finder/artists/english-school/fall-wolsey-woolsack-published-hannah-humphrey-22932448.html Not much help, I'm afraid.
  2. The Amateur 1981 https://ok.ru/video/4030242687668
  3. Thanks for posting this scene. Interesting dialogue. Makes me want to watch the film.
  4. Hi Yann - it was just my flippant way of saying how brilliant you are. Fulcanelli was my guide to Notre Dame Cathedral when I had 10 days in Paris years ago. 🙂
  5. Hi Sally.... this new page on the FBS site (Past Members) is so appropriate and long overdue. I counted 22 obituaries of some very eminent Baconians. It provides today's members with a better perspective on the intellectual depth of the Society and makes you feel honoured to be a member. Many thanks for ALL THIS WORK!
  6. Thank you, Kate, for your fascinating post. I did not know anything about Elias Ashmole. And thank you for defending the forum as a constructive place of study, not a soap box on Hyde Park corner.
  7. Hi Yann, I hit the funny button because you are renowned for seeing things other people miss. So this is an historic occasion. 🙂
  8. Hi Christie Unfortunately, living in Australia, I wasn't able to attend Gray's Inn last month. It is really a question for the archivist. I was just reporting what I'd read - several sources referring to his donation of a room in his chambers, but nothing more.
  9. Hi Kate. I'm with you about there being nothing there. You could call it a self-perpetuating hoax.
  10. Hi Allisnum2er Thank you for introducing me to Sonnet 81. I'm a late-comer to the Sonnets. This one seems very special. Am I on the right track in interpreting the poem as the author (i.e. Bacon) talking to his works (e.g. the plays under the name of Shakespeare)? "Your monument shall be my gentle verse"; "You still shall live (such virtue hath my Pen)"... etc. Sir Ian McKellen's recitation of the sonnet:
  11. FRANCIS BACON SOCIETY NEWSLETTER No. 5, MAY 2024 Another splendid newsletter this month filling us in about the guided tour of Gray's Inn on the 138th anniversary of the FBS - what privileged access!... ...Jono Freeman's long meditation on how his love and understanding of Francis Bacon transforms his approach to performing in Shakespearean plays... ...my historical piece about the dragon whistle that belonged to Sir Nicholas Bacon (thank you so much FBS for publishing it)... and more besides. If you post here regularly and are not yet a member of the Society, you are missing out, assuming you have a fascination for all things Bacon. If you are already a member, here's an opportunity to get your work read by people who can relate and who share your enthusiasm for F.B. Short form articles for the Newsletter are very welcome. Long form essays belong in Baconiana which will be published in November. PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE FRANCIS BACON SOCIETY
  12. Hi Kate Another synchronous moment. Just happen to be reading Elizabeth McCutcheon's "Sir Nicholas Bacon's Great House Sententiae". On page 2, she states: This manuscript is final and personal evidence of a humanism which was an integral part of his entire life. He moved in a group of scholars and humanists that included his good friend Matthew Parker, Queen Elizabeth's first Archbishop of Canterbury; Sir William Buttes, her physician; and Sir John Cheke. His second wife, Anne, was one of the brilliantly educated daughters of Sir Anthony Cooke, tutor to Edward VI; her translations include Jewel's Apology for the Church of England, Sir Nicholas founded a grammar school at Botesdale, prepared rules for the governance of the grammar school at St. Albans, built a library at Gray's Inn, donated seventy-three volumes to the University Library, Cambridge, and was a generous benefactor to Corpus Christi. As early as 1539 he drew up plans for a college to prepare young men for service to the state. In addition to studying Latin, French, and Civil Law, they were to have practical field experience, some being attached to an embassy abroad, others being trained as annalists, keeping the records of diplomatic meetings and courts of law. I've tried to verify the claim that SNB built a library at Gray's Inn and have come to the conclusion that McCutcheon is not quite right. It appears to be the case that, before there was a purpose-built library at Gray's, in Elizabethan times there was a reference library located in Nicholas Bacon's chambers which he built there. He didn't build a library as such, rather he donated a room for this purpose, and as a place where students could rehearse their legal skills in mock trials (mooting). The earliest known reference to a library at Gray's Inn appears in the will of Robert Chaloner, a former reader, who bequeathed his personal library and the sum of two pounds to his cousin in 1555, 'that he maie by cheines ... fasten so many of them in the Librarye at Grauisin as he shall thinke convenyente'. During the later sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, this library was accommodated on thefirstfloor of a building erected by the Elizabethan Lord Keeper, Sir Nicholas Bacon... https://muse.jhu.edu/pub/62/article/473606/pdf Law, learning and religion: gifts to Gray's Inn library in the 1630s Wilfrid R. Prest The Library was neither a big collection nor a dedicated one; in 1568 it was being housed in a single room in the chambers of Nicholas Bacon, a room that was also used for mooting and to store the deed chest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s_Inn#cite_note-109 Just thought this might be of passing interest.
  13. Dr Orville Owen AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS FULL ARTICLE Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1898 - 1929), Sunday 28 May 1911, PDF.pdfSun (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1898 - 1929), Sunday 28 May 1911, PDF.pdf
  14. Hi A Phoenix Again, another very helpful summary of (visual) evidence that Bacon and Shakespeare are one and the same person. Your reference to the manuscript above prompted me to check to see if it's true that, as I've read somewhere, the phrase "your sovereign" is written upside down beneath Bacon's name. As you know, it's there alright. right way up upside down It may be coincidental that these two hidden words - "your sovereign" - appear directly underneath the name Mr ffrauncis. I wonder what you make of it?
  15. Hi A Phoenix Not long ago you were walking in his very footsteps I imagine. Has there ever been a Francis Bacon trivia night? One of the questions might be: Other than on his wedding day, on what other occasion did Sir Francis Bacon wear the colour purple? Holborn: Inns of Court and Chancery Old and New London: Volume 2. Originally published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1878. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/old-new-london/vol2/pp553-576 At Gray's Inn, Francis Bacon was not singular in loving rich clothes, and running into debt for satin and velvet, jewels and brocade, lace and feathers. Even of that contemner of frivolous men and vain pursuits, Edward Coke, biography assures us that 'the jewel of his mind was put into a fair case—a beautiful body with a comely countenance: a case which he did wipe and keep clean, delighting in good clothes well worn; being wont to say that the outward neatness of our bodies might be a monitor of purity to our souls.'" Francis Bacon's progress from Gray's Inn to Westminster, on the 7th of May, 1617, has been described by many writers, who, however widely they differ in estimating the moral worth of the new Lord Keeper, concur in celebrating the gorgeousness of his pageant:—"On the first day of Trinity Term, May 7th, says Mr. Hepworth Dixon, in his "Story of Lord Bacon's Life," "he rode from Gray's Inn, which he had not yet left, to Westminster Hall, to open the courts in state, all London turning out to do him honour, the queen sending the lords of her household, Prince Charles the whole of his followers—the lords of the council, the judges, and serjeants composing his immediate train. On his right hand rode the Lord Treasurer, on his left the Lord Privy Seal, behind them a long procession of earls and barons, knights and gentlemen. Every one, says George Gerard, who could procure a horse and a footcloth fell into the train, so that more than 200 horsemen rode behind him, through crowds of citizens and apprentice boys from Cheap, of players from Bankside, of the Puritan hearers of Burgess, of the Roman Catholic friends of Danvers and Armstrong; and he rode, as popular in the streets as he had been in the House of Commons, down Chancery Lane and the Strand, past Charing Cross, through the open courts of Whitehall, and by King Street into Palace Yard. He wore on that day, as he had worn on his bridal day, a suit of purple satin. Alighting at the gates of Westminster Hall, and passing into the Court, he took his seat on the bench; when the company had entered, and the criers commanded silence, he addressed them on his intention to reform the rules and practices of the court."
  16. Hi A Phoenix I found the tercentennial tribute to SFB by Gray's Inn that you refer to above. https://sirbacon.org/archives/francisbaconcom00gray.pdf FRANCIS BACON OF GRAY'S INN.pdf Here's a brief quote: Also... Delightfully written by Paul D Cravath, there is this short history of the Inn. American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1 (JANUARY, 1924), pp. 19-21 (3 pages) https://www.jstor.org/stable/25711473?seq=1 Cravath-GRAYSINN-1924.pdf
  17. Hi A P Could I ask a favour? Next time you cast your pearls before swine could you please take screen shots of the entire thread? 🙂
  18. Hi A P ... Just a thought. Why not republish the "conversation" you had with Messieurs Leadbetter and Johnson here in the B'Hive? I'm sure we would all like to study your intellectual karate moves in the heat of such a major battle. I want to hear your fighting words.
  19. Hi A Phoenix According to the ArtUK website it's at Trinity College. https://artuk.org/discover/artists/carlos-ernest-stafford-18831917
  20. I'm not sure whether this qualifies as Elizabethan Art or Culture Sir John Harrington In 1596, Sir John Harrington published the first documented book on how a flushable toilet works, titled Metamorphosis of Ajax. Legend has it that Sir John Harrington, who happened to be a godson of Queen Elizabeth, was exiled from the kingdom for his overuse of inappropriate humor and language (potty mouth), so while he was constructing a home to live in, he developed a flushable toilet system that he dubbed the Ajax. His simple design included an elevated cistern that held water, that when released from a value, would run through a pipe and into the toilet bowl, causing the waste to be pulled down through the drain and out of the home. When Queen Elizabeth visited Harrington’s home, she was so impressed with his invention that she commissioned him to install one in her palace at Richmond.
  21. Spotted this image on the Gray's Inn website https://www.graysinn.org.uk/timeline/sir-francis-bacon/ Here is the original for comparison: I find myself preferring the copy. So who painted it? c.1904 by Ernest Stafford Carlos 1883 - 1917 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Stafford_Carlos
  22. Hi Marvin You asked: Go ahead and tell me that this is merely a figment of a young Baconian's dangerously overactive imagination... Okay then. Your self-diagnosis is probably correct. There is no question mark or question to answer. What you are seeing is an elegant architectural solution to upper middle-class housing. Nothing more. Who, in the 18th century, could look down from a bird's-eye perspective? All of us here have experienced the private thrill of discovery in the middle of researching a train of thought, and we all celebrate it in others. To do good work, one has to take it slow and steady, grind your way through it. I think you already know this though, don't you?
  24. Hi Phoenixes How was your grand day out? I just wanted to say many thanks for these six summaries of primary source evidence. For anyone new to the forum and the authorship question, these notes are essential reading.
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