Delights of Reading

From Otto Bergmann’s The Delights of Reading: a delightful drawing of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) sitting on his reading rug in his library. Gladstone was a statesman and a scholar. Among classicist, he is remembered for his fascinating treatise on the colour-sense of the Greeks; Gladstone claimed that Homer spoke about the “wine-dark sea” because he and his fellow Greeks were partially colour-blind. The following sketch was done by Sydney Prior Hall and is courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

William Ewart Gladstone in his library


2 Responses to “Delights of Reading”

  1. October 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Love it. I’ve never heard of a “reading rug” before!

  2. October 31, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Frankly, I don’t actually know if it’s a rug or a couch, but I thought the idea of a reading rug was kinda cool ;)

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