Apr 20 2019, 1:21pm
One special thing squire pointed out, is that Tolkien's paintings are so finely detailed, that some of his brushes must have been only a single bristle. There is so much detail within a picture that is the size of a sheet of paper, or smaller - you look closely at it, and realize it's the tiniest dabs of paint he's used!
Yes, he was a great "tour guide"!
But Tolkien was an amazing artist, even in his doodles. The display includes pages from newspapers, where he's made fine black-and-white or colored drawings over the articles. His Middle-earth map sketches are also finely detailed. And there's a sample of his writing style, where he's written in ink over the pencilled draft. Oh, and his professor's gown!
It's taking me some time to process seeing all that was in that room, so much artwork and photographs and letters are in that collection. One that keeps coming back to me is a letter written by his mother, Mabel. The printing is fine, with several letters which have curls, and bring to mind the Tengwar script.
It was fun going through the exhibit together, making comments on the pieces! I was delighted that NEB had been able to travel to NYC for this. Oh, yes, Annael's sudden recognition of NEB was priceless, a moment to never be forgotten. Her niece is a lovely woman who found us a perfect place to just hang out together for lunch and longer afterwards!
After squire left the group, she took us to the New York Public Library, where I think we all took pictures of its Reading Room with its two floors of books along the side, and ornate ceiling. Then to Bryant Park, where we hung out longer, until the wind kicked up and a thunderstorm was showing on the radar. Time for Mr. D. and me to head to Grand Central Station for the train home!
"I desired dragons with a profound desire"