zondag 13 mei 2018

Houses of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.


24 Prince St.
Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130
This unassuming Jamaica Plain home was the site of probably the happiest years of confessional poet Sylvia Plath’s life. This is the home where Plath was born, and lived in the earliest years of her life, before the death of her father. axs.-plath-boston



18 Rugby Street


8 Rugby Street, London

London played a central role in her life, too. It was here that she slept with her future husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, for the first time on 23 March 1956, at a borrowed flat in Bloomsbury. Plath wrote in her journal of the ‘sleepless holocaust night with Ted’, while Hughes would later immortalise his dates with her at the flat in his poem 18 Rugby Street.

So there in Number Eighteen Rugby Street's
Victorian torpor and squalor I waited for you.
I think of that house as a stage-set -
Four floors exposed to the auditoriums.
On all four floors, in, out, the love-struggle
In all its acts and scenes, a snakes and ladders
Of intertangling and of disentangling
Limbs and loves and lives. Nobody was old.
An unmysterious laboratory of amours.

After their marriage, the couple lived in Cambridge, Spain and Massachusetts, but returned to London in early 1960. ‘I’d rather live in London than anywhere in the world,’ she said. standard-sylvia-plaths-london


3 Chalcot Square, London

Plath moved to England in December 1959 with her husband, the British poet Ted Hughes (1930–98). In January the following year, through the efforts of the American poet WS Merwin and his English wife, the couple found an unfurnished three-room flat on the top floor of 3 Chalcot Square. It was to be their home until August 1961 when they moved to Devon.
Plath's time at number 3 was happy and productive: she published her first volume of poetry, The Colossus (1960), wrote her only novel, The Bell Jar (1963), and gave birth to her first child, Frieda.


Court Green, North Tawton
Green, North Tawton, a small market town in Mid Devonshire. They simultaneously worked on getting their poetry published. Her first collection of poetry, The Colossus and Other Poems, was published in the United Kingdom in 1960. Ted's second book of poems was published and received excellent reviews. In February 1961, Plath suffered a miscarriage. She was devastated by this event and wrote seven poems in February, the month she lost the baby. These poems are "Parliament Hill Fields," "Whitsun," "Zoo Keeper's Wife," "Face Lift," "Morning Song," "Heavy Women" and "Barren Woman," the majority dealing with the subject of loss.
Plath wrote most of the Ariel poems at Court Green. She composed "The Moon and the Yew Tree" about the ancient yew in the nearby churchyard, which could be seen from her bedroom window; the tree can still be seen today. The poem "The Bee Meeting" concerns an event which Plath observed just outside the wool factory on the River Taw near the house. Percy Keys, a neighbour of the Hugheses during their time at Court Green, is mentioned in The Journals of Sylvia Plath, and his funeral is remembered in Plath's poem "Berck-Plage". Keys is buried in the graveyard on the hill above the house.

Ted Hughes at Court Green[edit]


Hughes wrote Crow and most of his later work at the house. He wrote standing at a lectern. Hughes died in 1998, and his friend Seamus Heaney read at the funeral service at the church across the lawn.

zondag 18 februari 2018

Houses of the young Beatles.


20 Forthlin Road is een huis in Liverpool. Hier woonde de Beatles-zanger Paul McCartney gedurende zijn kindertijd van 1955 tot 1963. Het huis is in het bezit van de National Trust die het een Grade II-status heeft gegeven. wiki/20_Forthlin_Road

Garden of McCartney´s house beatlesource

Inside the houses of
Paul mcCartney and John Lennon
when they where young

9 Newcastle Road is het ouderlijk huis van John Lennon in de wijk Wavertree in Liverpool.
Lennon woonde tijdens zijn jeugd in dit huist aan 9 Newcastle Road. Hierover vertelde hij later "It's just a number that follows me around." Het huis is niet ver verwijderd van Penny Lane, waar Lennon en McCartney een gelijknamig lied over schreven.[1]


12 Arnold Grove is een huis in Liverpool. Hier woonde de Beatles-gitarist George Harrison gedurende zijn kindertijd tot 1950.

woensdag 31 januari 2018

Jan Six en zijn tijd.


Ik lees momenteel het boek Jan Six van Geert Mak en zoek een en ander hierbij uit. 


Anna Wijmer, de moeder van de Jan Six pubhist

Eind 16de eeuw kwam een Charles Six, lakenverver van beroep, uit het Frans-Vlaamse Saint-Omer naar Amsterdam; als aanhanger van Calvijn moest hij vluchten. In Amsterdam zette hij met zijn zonen het bedrijf voort, maar het kwam vooral tot bloei door de doortastendheid van zijn schoondochter Anna Wijmer, de moeder van de Jan op Rembrandts schilderij. Zij verwerft met hard werken een fortuin en koopt grote stukken land, die later statige landgoederen zullen worden. Het is het begin van een weelde en welstand die eeuwenlang zou voortduren, ook doordat de Sixen telkens weer rijke en invloedrijke huwelijkspartners wisten te kiezen.


Kloveniersburgwal 103: 1618-1663

Lijstgevel met een rechte lijst met ramen en twee consoles boven drie raamassen, links daarvan een vierde as als ingangspartij verzelfstandigt met een deuromlijsting in Lodewijk XIV-stijl die helemaal naar het dak doorloopt (uniek in Amsterdam, met een Italiaans aandoend balkonnetje bovenin), fraaie concave paneeldeur, in de deuromlijsting zijlichten. Vermoedelijk is de gevelbeëindiging en het bovenste deel van de ingangstravee niet origineel. Interieur: langste gang met stucwerk en gesneden deuren in Lodewijk XIV-stijl in misschien wel diepste grachtenhuis. Trappenhuis met stucwerk. Jan Six I (1618-1700) heeft hier gewoond tot de dood van zijn moeder in 1654, toen het vml. Glashuis dat zich ook naar Kloveniersburgwal 105 uitstrekte, daarna liet hij Herengracht 619 bouwen. Het pakhuis op de Groenburgwal 40 hoorde kadastraal bij dit pand.

Afbeelding: onderdekeizerskroongrachtenboek

We kennen niet de precieze locatie, maar we weten wel dat Jan Six is ​​geboren in een huis tussen de Jodenbreestraat en Kloveniersburgwal. Ergens in zijn vroegste jeugd is hij vandaar samen met zijn moeder (zijn vader was al overleden voordat hij geboren was) verhuisd naar een huis dat was gelegen tussen Kloveniersburgwal nummer 101 en nummer 105. Onderdeel van dat blok was het ‘Glashuys’, dat eerder eigendom was geweest van een glasfabrikant. Vandaag is alleen Kloveniersburgwal 105 nog een overblijfsel van dat oorspronkelijke huis en dan is het volgens Geert Mak ook nog eens zo dat er maar een paar elementen van het oorspronkelijke huis zichtbaar zijn. Jan woonde in dit huis, ging naar de Latijnse school in de Koestraat.

Het was de woning waar Jan Six zijn kunstcollectie begon. Tenslotte was Kloveniersburgwal 103 ook het huis waar hij als 37-jarige met zijn 20-jarige bruid Margaretha Tulp zou wonen, nadat ze in 1655 getrouwd waren. Het was helaas ook op deze plek waar Margaretha meerdere miskramen had, waardoor het echtpaar aanvankelijk kinderloos bleef.

Keizersgracht 210: 1663-1666

n mei 1663 trok Jan Six met zijn vrouw in bij zijn schoonvader Claes Pietersz. (1593-1674) aan de Keizersgracht 210. Six en zijn vrouw woonden ruim drie jaar bij Margaretha’s vader tijdens de bouw van hun huis aan de Herengracht nummer 619.

Herengracht 619: 1669-1700

Het was een dubbel huis met drie grote ramen, buitengewoon hoge plafonds en was – dus – uitgerust met buitengewoon ruime kamers. Nadat het huis af was gebouwd, verhuisden Jan Six, zijn vrouw en hun eenjarige zoon naar dit grote huis, waar Six met zijn gezin de rest van zijn leven zou wonen.
hhvds/waar-woonde-jan-six

Herengracht 495
onderdekeizerskroon/grachtenboek

Hof van Hillegom


Amstel 218

In 1915 moet prof. Six zijn geliefde familiehuis aan de Herengracht verlaten. Het zal worden gesloopt ten behoeve van de verbreding van de Vijzelstraat. In ruil biedt de gemeente hem het pand Amstel 218 aan, met overbrenging van het volledige oude interieur.

De Houtgracht
Hier groeide Baruch de Spinoza op

De Houtgracht werd gelijktijdig met de Leprozengracht in 1882 gedempt en hier ontstond toen het Waterlooplein

fd-persoonlijk/de-mores-van-een-six

wiki/Collectie_Six
scvr/De schilderijen uit De levens van Jan Six
nrc/puissant-rijke-families-zijn-vaak-zeer-zuinig

reguliers.net/goudenbocht






WAAR WAS VONDELS KOUSENWINKELTJE?
Dit is de Warmoesstraat, de naam is ontleend aan warmoes = groente; hier waren vroeger de groentemarkten. Op nummer 39, de plek waar nu het restaurant New Season zit, kreeg Vondels vader een zijdewinkel.

woensdag 8 maart 2017

Castel-mare, home of Allene Tew/  Countess of Kotzebue


I was reading "The American Princess" of Annejet van der Zijl
It tells about the story of gives us the story of Allene Tew (1872-1955

If anything is American, it is the belief that there can always be a new start
Allene Tew is the personification of this idea

Allene became the owner of several houses
One of these houses is this ""seacastle"'
Her life became blue Annejet tells us



Castel Mare was built in 1905 on the rocks of Cap d’Ail. The villa has seen many famous guests such as members of the Netherlands Royal family. Queen Beatrix is the godchild of Henry’s stepmother Countess of Kotzebue. In the guest book you can still find the Windsors, the Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe, the author Somerset Maugham etc. It is now that the niece of the Prince Henry II of Reuss took over this fantasy filled shelter. Despite some modernization, it is the antique furniture and the old noble bathrooms that keep the spirit of those wonderful former days at the Côte d’Azur alive.



maandag 6 februari 2017

“If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future."


municipal art society of ny

In 1976, New York's Grand Central Terminal was threatened with demolition. Jackie led a public crusade to save it, won, and it was then designated a National Historic Landmark. She stated, “If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future." Further civic activities in which she was involved Included the revitalization of the Broadway theater district, the Central Park Conservancy, the Literary Lions of the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum's Egyptian wing and the Costume Institute, and the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center. retrogran/jackie-after-white-house

Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future? Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters. Maybe... this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won't all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.[73]
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis



zondag 5 februari 2017

History of Manhattan.


The oldest house in Greenwich Village, at 77 Bedford Street, this beauty was built in1799.  Joshua Isaacs built his free-standing, clapboard house with yard a days ride from what was then Manhattan further south.  Isaacs was a wholesale merchant and his Federal-style home with its hipped roof was a declaration of his success. Read more: daytoninmanhattan-isaacs-hendricks-house

zaterdag 4 februari 2017

Map Greenwich Village and Carrie Bradshaw's house



64 Perry street.  House Carrie Bradshaw streeteasy/64-perry-street-carrie-bradshaw-apartment



Samantha Jones New York appartment, Meatpacking District


Sadly, though, Samatha's  apartment building looks very different today than it appeared back in 2000 when SATC filmed there. In the early 1900’s, the Meatpacking District was solely an industrial neighborhood, housing over 250 of New York’s slaughterhouses and warehouses. In the 80s, prostitutes and drug dealers moved in, turning MePa, as it is sometimes called, into a seedy and run down part of town. But during the past ten years or so, the entire Meatpacking District has undergone a huge transformation, turning it into one of the most trendy neighborhoods in New York. During this transformation, many of the old slaughterhouses and buildings, including Samantha’s, were given complete face lifts and no longer look as they did a decade ago. Read more on the interesting page of  iamnotastalker/samanthas-meatpacking-digs






Sandwiched conveniently between the brownstone terraces of Greenwich Village and Chelsea, the Meatpacking District was immortalised by Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones, whose notorious loft conversion became the setting for some of the most lurid one-night stands ever to hit the screen. simonseeks/why-meatpacking-district-new-yorks-coolest-village








vrijdag 3 februari 2017

Miranda Hobbes home.

 hbo.com/sex-and-the-city/cast-and-crew/miranda-hobbes/slideshow/mirandas-apartment.html#/

In the first season - when Miranda's heart took a lickin' (from countless dates and dumps) yet kept on tickin' - the color palette for her place was purposely black and blue. "We used all the shades you'd find in a bruise," says Conway. "Dark blues, plums, deep teals."
When Miranda bought a new place on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she came to terms with her single-status and learned to lighten up. "She's less the walking wounded; she's more confident and secure," Conway says, "Her new apartment is sophisticated and indicative of a successful New York City woman. A partner in a law firm could afford a big pre-War apartment in the 80s and all the modern appliances, so we gave it to her."










zaterdag 21 januari 2017

The Queens' Bedroom/ the White House.


The Queens' Bedroom in 2008, looking northeast (Architectural Digest)

The bedroom suite now called the Queens' Suite, because several European queens stayed here, was called the Rose Suite after the 1902 renovation, and was often used by visiting relatives: Edith Roosevelt's sister Emily Carow; William Howard Taft's sister and brother-in-law, Frances and William Edwards; Coolidge's cousin's daughter Marion Pollard; Anna Roosevelt, FDR's daughter; and most "First Mothers," from Martha Truman to Virginia Clinton Kelley.

While the Kennedys' bedroom was being decorated their first weeks in the house, they lived here. Jackie Kennedy's redecoration of the connecting sitting room in blue and white has remained intact for nearly forty years. Lady Bird Johnson sometimes repaired here to work in complete privacy. It was also used for a Catholic mass on the first birthday of Luci Johnson Nugent's son Lyn, and served as a holding room for groom Chuck Robb before his White House wedding to Lynda Bird Johnson.


The Queens' Bedroom, circa 2000, looking northeast


The Queens' Bedroom in 1999, looking north (White House Historical Association)


The Queens' Bedroom in 1991


The Queens' Bedroom in 1962, looking northeast (White House Historical Association)


The Queens' Bedroom in 1962, looking northeast (White House Historical Association)



The Rose Bedroom in 1962 (Kennedy Library - Robert Knudsen)


The Queens' Bedroom in 1952, looking northeast (Truman Library



The Queens' Bedroom in 1952, looking northeast (Truman Library



The Rose Bedroom around 1920, looking southeast (Library of Congress - Harris & Ewing)

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