#FridayPainting: Thomas Cooper Gotch “The Orchard”

“The Orchard” by Thomas Cooper Gotch was the perfect way to end the week which celebrated Earth Day, William Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book Day. It is easy to see that nature is the perfect setting for a Reading Room.

We recently met Thomas Cooper Gotch in a previous #FridayPainting with his masterpiece, “The Child Enthroned”. I imagine that Thomas placed his daughter in the middle of a flowering orchard to celebrate a sunny afternoon of peace and tranquility.

As we enter a spring weekend, may you find a special place to celebrate the lengthening days of sunshine.

Until next time we meet, dear friend, I leave you with William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.