The Good Shepherd

Good Shepard Window

The 18-foot-tall Good Shepherd window, located above the altar of Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene, New Hampshire. Commissioned in 1882 by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Davenport, Iowa, the window was installed there in 1902; the church eventually became the home of the Third Mission Baptist Church, and when they moved to a new building in 1998, they had the window sold at auction. Trinity Lutheran, being optimistic, bought the window but had no building for it until March of 2013. Now it has a new home.



As a tonic to all the mayhem, one of my favorite Jessie Willcox Smith images, “Fairy Tales,” from “A Mother’s Days” in Scribner’s, December 1902

Snake Tattoo

DC Aftermath

A Dean Cornwell illustration from an unidentified magazine story; it’s difficult to see at this size, but the dying man on the left has a snake tattoo on his right wrist, which I am sure would explain all this if we knew a bit more about the story.

The Flower of the Tea

Tea Japan Expo 1910

“An illustration of the exterior of a tea-house. The mistress of the house is peeling fruit. On the table at the side are vessels containing coloured sugar-waters. In the sun, among these light-hearted people, watching mountains of pink blossom under a clear blue sky, it seems ridiculous to think of work and worry.”

—  Text from Raphael Tuck “Oilette” postcard of the Japan-British Exhibition, held in London in 1910. Illustration by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1855-1938); as Menpes had visited Japan twice, in 1887 and 1902, and decorated his London home in Japanese style, he was a natural choice to paint this image. In the spirit of authenticity, the Japanese gardens at the Exhibition were created with trees, shrubs, wooden buildings, bridges and stones brought from Japan.