If you haven’t already noticed, we’ve been knee-deep in flowers lately between designing our new wedding collection and preparing for springtime. One of our biggest floral inspirations is Dutch still-life artist Willem van Alest. Van Aelst makes his blossoms look as though their extending out of the canvas with the use of bright whites and rich reds against a backdrop of the deepest black. We can only hope that we’ll look this fresh after we emerge from this long dark winter.
A solitary clergyman, pious in garb and somber in expression, glides across a frozen Scottish landscape. The subject of our painting is Reverend Robert Walker, his empty rink is Duddingston Loch, and the year is 1790. Painter Sir Henry Raeburn contrasts the minister’s elegant demeanor with the whimsy—and do we sense a touch of vanity?—of his skillful pose.