Shaw's  mantlepiece by helenhall

Shaw's mantlepiece

I am adding this record shot of George Bernard Shaw's mantlepiece in the dining room of his home, and hoping to squeeze it into the still life category.

What a fascinating return trip we had to Shaw's Corner on Saturday. Just one week after our aborted attempt to visit, in compensation for the mix up, we were given VIP treatment - our own guided tour ahead of opening hours and tea and cakes with the staff. National Trust more than made up for their error.

The fascination in this photo, is the line up of portraits of people Shaw most admired. The mantlepiece display includes:

Felix Dzerzhinsky - founder of Soviet Secret Police
Impersario Florenz Ziegfeld
and Ibsen.

I learned so much about George Bernard Shaw but am left somewhat mystified as to how his views all held together. Apart from the shocking line up above, he was also a great admirer of Hitler and believed in Eugenics.

I somewhat remember from college days his unbelievable mixed bag of belief. Yes, very hard to figure out how it all held together but I guess in his mind it did. Great shot- I like how stark it looks- somewhat fitting for all the contrasting ideologies!
February 26th, 2020  
What an interesting mix of images!
February 26th, 2020  
Love the old clock - got one just like it but it refuses to keep going! I wonder who all these people were to Shaw!
February 26th, 2020  
a very interesting image.
February 26th, 2020  
I was baffled by the choice of portraits also. The woke generation must be apoplectic!
February 26th, 2020  
An interesting find and capture
February 26th, 2020  
Definitely perplexing collection and so nicely captured. I like your point of view and like the wires visible.
February 28th, 2020  
Great shot!
March 1st, 2020  
You provided such interesting information and a great picture to help me visualize it. I love the variety of lines in the image. I see that you have not posted a picture in a while. I do hope that all is well with you. I have hit another busy stretch and I am trying hard to keep up with my project. It is a challenge sometimes for sure!
March 2nd, 2020  
Wow how interesting.
March 5th, 2020  
it is a fine photo with great clarity and detail
March 6th, 2020  
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