Sir John Lavery (Scottish, 1856-1941), “Miss Auras, The Red Book” (ca. 1892).

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Jack Vettriano (Scottish, b. 1951), “Heartbreak Hotel”

I don’t understand how anyone can not smoke—it deprives a man of the best part of life … with a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him—literally.

—Thomas Mann, “The Magic Mountain”

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Jack Vettriano, Heartbreak Hotel

Sir John Lavery (Scottish, 1856-1941), “Marguerite’s Prayer, Faust Act III, Scene I”

Peter Ilsted (Danish, 1861-1933), “On the Porch, Liselund”

It is the iron rule in our days, to require an object and a purpose in life. It makes us all parts of a complicated scheme of progress, which can only result in our arrival at a colder and drearier region than we were born in. It insists upon everybody’s adding somewhat (a mite, perhaps, but earned by incessant effort) to an accumulated pile of usefulness, of which the only use will be, to burthen our posterity with even heavier thoughts and more inordinate labour than our own. No life now wanders like an unfettered stream; there is a mill-wheel for the thinnest rivulet to turn. We go all wrong, by too strenuous a resolution to go all right.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Marble Faun

Peter Ilsted (Danish, 1861-1933), On the Porch, Liselund