Sunday, February 21, 2010

Yay or Nay? David Garrick

Another Yay it was for Mrs. William Moseley, but then again that should be expected since it is a rarity to find someone who doesn't enjoy a good riding habit! Still, enough of this girly-wear, we have been without a male model for some time. Let's get things more masculine while still keeping it simple.


Thomas Gainsborough paints a young David Garrick (1742) in fawn and ivory with simple embroidered details, a high neck, and extra large coat cuffs to show off some sleeve flounce. Yay or Nay?

[Private Collection]

27 comments:

Arabella said...

I love Garrick, and I love Gainsborough, but this portrait just seems gross to me. What do you think?

Dolly said...

I give it a nay, the proportions in the portrait make him look simply weird.

Muse in the Fog said...

I am going to go with Nay. It just looks odd. I agree with Dolly, the proportions are off. It's is a very bland piece.

Viola said...

I agree. He looks very strange but I think that it's the pose - not the clothes.

The Dreamstress said...

This looks like an outfit made of good pieces, but worn by someone without taste or flair. Nay

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Jen Thompson said...

Yay! I love those colors!

Sophie Maria said...

Nay I think. His cheeks are really rosy, looks a bit drunk! I do like seeing pictures of Garrick though.

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

Nay - Garrick's pose, and the vantage point of the painting, give a weird sheen. Sorry to both Gainsborough and Garrick.

nightsmusic said...

He looks rather like a pear here.

Nay.

Margravine Louisa said...

yes, i think it is the pear shape that has us all a little disconcerted - something oddly feminine, with an "Tim Burton shrunken head"----hmmm
I say Nay - perhaps we are not quite ready for this?

Lauren said...

First I have to say the colors of this ensemble would make a great spring piece. So already I am drawn to it (very ready for spring over here).

I like the fitted sleeves that flair out just past the elbow on the jacket. The silk vest is also very nicely matched. And I just noticed the embroidery on the edges! Yes I say yay.

Life Takes Lemons said...

His silhouette makes him looks like a chicken - tiny neck, huge bottom. Nay! The clothes aren't bad though.

CeCe said...

Giving it a nay - he's too pear-shaped for my fancy. I do like colors and his sleeves, though.

Linda said...

Nay to him and pear shape is definitely a downer. But I like the clothes and their colors.

Sunny @ the Library said...

Nay! Bottom heavy, as mentioned, and also, the vest is a bit tight, no? He look uncomfortable.

Vic said...

Nay. Men with little heads, small hands, long limbs and big waists look like a spider.

PvtSam75 said...

Nay. I'm a Gainsborough fan, but I agree that the proportions in this just aren't quite right.

Elizabeth Cavendish-Bentinck said...

As much as I hate to say it... Nay. Colours are subtle and lovely; but the odd proportions DO make him look a bit effete. A less than stellar offering from Gainsborough.

Audrey said...

yay for the simple outfit and colors. Im sure it was very nice in person. However it is a nay for the painting. It just seems awkward and unproportional (like as previously stated a pear).

Polonaise said...

Well, I'm going to fly in the face of popular opinion with Lauren and give it a yay. I like Gainsborough and like the restrained, muted palette, as well as the cut of the clothes. Yeah, he looks a little like a pear, but to me it's not so prominent as to put me off.

heidenkind said...

Very snazzy. Is he wearing a corset???

TurquoizBlue said...

Nay! Not flattering, at all.

Leah said...

I know it looks kind of odd with the proportions, but for once he's got his colors right! I give him a thumbs up for that. I mean, how often do these men have decent sense in matching shades (remember the man in the kilt-esque stockings)? I think he did pretty well.
I'll give him a yay. :)
Incidentally, have you ever heard of this?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkie_(Lawrence_painting)

Heather Carroll said...

Why yes, quite iconic isn't it! Despite all the white empire gowns of Lawrence Pinkie always stands out.

Aileen said...

Is it just me, or does he have a bit of those odd Mannerist proportions here?

The outfit is a yay for me.

mthespinner said...

I like the colors of the costume, but the vest is more than a bit snug. As to the pose, well, it's a deal breaker. Have to vote nay.

Great blog though!