Fanstravaganza 3 – Fitzg’s Journeys: Times of London 1874


In the beginning, Richard Armitage made scores of fans — and he keeps on making them! To kick off the fandom chain, Didion converts friends to Armitage love Phylly3 reports on her fandom experiences In the Hobbit chain, Ana Cris writes on her recent film location visit Mrs. E.B. Darcy speculates about what our hero will do in An Unexpected Journey (spoilers!) King Richard Armitage chain begins with Maria Grazia on a film adaptation of Richard III Beginning the fanfic chain, fedoralady explains fanfic’s mainstream appeal In the freeform chain, Fabo files an eyewitness report on Richard Armitage’s visit to U.S. accent school jazzbaby1 wonders “what were they thinking?” re: Lucas North’s women and ChrisB opens the Armitage Alphabet, with “A is for Action” Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.


Fitzg kicks off Fanstraganza by journeying back in time to 1874 for the exhibition of a certain painter.

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Don’t forget to check the chains: in the fandom chainDidion converts friends to Armitage love  Phylly3 reports on her fandom experiences  In the Hobbit chainAna Cris writes on her recent film location visit  Mrs. E.B. Darcy speculates about what our hero will do in An Unexpected Journey (spoilers!) • King Richard Armitage chain begins with Maria Grazia on a film adaptation of Richard III • Beginning the fanfic chainfedoralady explains fanfic’s mainstream appeal  Annie Lucas woos us with a Guy of Gisborne one-shot, “One Chance”  In the freeform chainFabo files an eyewitness report on Richard Armitage’s visit to U.S. accent school • jazzbaby1 wonders “what were they thinking?” re: Lucas North’s women  and ChrisB opens the Armitage Alphabet, with “A is for Action” • Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.

21 thoughts on “Fanstravaganza 3 – Fitzg’s Journeys: Times of London 1874

  1. Pingback: F3, Day One! One voice to thrill them all, and Armitage to bind them! « Me + Richard Armitage

  2. Yes, well, you can imagine the English attitude to the French. Plus ca change 😀 And moi, je suis pretty much Anglaise, but adore les differences!  What great fun to be here for the F3 Week! Toujours Richard! And vive le Richard!

  3. Wow – thanks Fitzg. Great find! I’ve just finished rewatching The Impressionists – the initial reception to their paintings was heartbreaking.

  4. Mulubinba, it was such a lovely film/series.Perhaps more about Impressionism  than about the characters. But the actors were awfully good. And the production was just so beautul. The painters had to struggle so much.

  5. Those  “impressionists! how scandalous!   I noticed the man with the bowler hat and strange goatee has beautiful blue eyes.  If only he could paint.  Vive la France!


  6. Fabo, yes, if only he could paint. As well as play the cello. Oh well, we will settle for the eyes. Vive les francais indeed. (And un peu de poutine, occasionaly) 😀

  7. So glad you published the article on this site as I cannot afford to pay for the Times online and would have missed it!!

    I assume that you think that some of the art is not original?  Typical Critic!

    The studio photo,, a great find, should be titled ‘a window washers nightmare!’



  8. Can’t afford The Times online either. They had a free month a couple of years ago. I traced a couple of my ancestry things. But couldn’t pin down the grandparents’ divorce. Really wanted the details…Research, journalism (responsible journalism) and detective work have much in common. Nose to the trail. An Armitage nose?

    (Don’t forget librarians, either. Noses. More or less)

  9. @Phoebe, the Nadar studio was difficult. There so many copyright-protected sites. I think I’m safe with this one. If they want to sue, blood from a stone. Prime martryr material? Whatever. Oh, did you think the JMW Turner is a fake? (giggle) BBC has been doing a neat series on fake/not fake art on TVO. It does get a bit technical. A Monet was in there.

  10. I love this newspaper article, Fitzg! It amazes me still, how poor the initial reception of their work was. I’m glad people finally saw the light.

  11. Our National Gallery has had a summer exhibition regularly, with works from galleries around the world. Last year was Carravaggio – very strong stuff. There have also been some Impressionist displays: Renoir’s Portraits, for one. The flesh tones are incredible. They glow. The progress of those artists is inspiring; there was so much to overcome in the static mainstream of their time.

  12. I like The Impressionists – it was a lovely surprise for me because I bought it strictly for drooling purposes, but was delighted to find it is actually very good indeed!

    • Happy bloggiversary! I just found your blog about a week ago and have been sllwoy, but surely working my way through all of the posts. It’s already been IMMENSELY helpful as I’m just starting my journey into professional storyboarding. (I did thoroughly enjoy the tonal studies “homework” a few posts back. It gave me a chance to try out some new markers. 🙂 )

  13. Kap, it was a beautiful film/series, wasn’t it! The cinematography, and the utter good humour among all the entire ensemble.

    And now see Winston at the therapist.

  14. Well done, Fitzg,
    Just the right amount of practiced disdain in your written account.  Oh how that contrasts with our–or at least my–breathless gushing about Richard Armitage.  

    And it does indeed break one’s heart to know that the “establishment” had a stranglehold on approving or disapproving art.  And the impressionist painters revolutionized the way we view our world in beautiful and striking ways.   Can you tell that I’m a girl who had blue tulled DeGas ballerinas dancing across my bedroom’s drapes?  Ha!
    Cheers!   Grati  ;-.

  15. Heehee, Gratia – I was going to BE a ballerina. Then I got fat. Adolecence is rough. Yes, the Impressionists were amazing. I still get the chills when I see Monet’s Rouen  Cathedral, or the flesh tones in a Renoir portrait. Everything Degas. They weren’t homogenious. But they all had a new way of seeing the world.Partly influenced by photography. Love the series! So beautifully filmed. A work of art.

  16. Fitzg! Thank you so much for posting that sunrise picture by Turner.  I knew Monet was an admirer of Turner and studied his work while in England in 1870, but in these two paintings one can clearly see the similarities!

    I didn’t quite realize how much his work influenced the development of Impressionism.  (And he died 20 years before).  No wonder I have always loved his work!  Apparently Turner was also preoccupied with the quality of light and colour in his paintings. (You have inspired me to do some research you see!) Turner never received the admiration he deserved in his lifetime.  He was ahead of his time.

    It is too bad that this review wasn’t real. 🙂

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