Tuesday 14 January 1661/62

All the morning at home, Mr. Berkenshaw by appointment yesterday coming to me, and begun composition of musique, and he being gone I to settle my papers and things in my chamber, and so after dinner in the afternoon to the office, and thence to my chamber about several businesses of the office and my own, and then to supper and to bed. This day my brave vellum covers to keep pictures in, come in, which pleases me very much.

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vicenzo   Link to this

Morning off, and then gets his beautiful picture album. Any guesses to the type of pictures? maybe it be for his miniatures to keep safe.

RexLeo   Link to this

"This day my brave vellum covers to keep pictures in, come in,..."

predecessor of modern day album?

JWB   Link to this

"So to dinner to my Lord Crew's with him and his Lady, and after dinner to Faithorne's, and there bought some pictures of him…” Jan2,’62.
Google Faithorne.

JWB   Link to this

Look at this Faithorne:
"The Embleme of ENGLANDS Distractions,"*
engr. William Faithorne, 1658 http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/kinney/small/embl...

vicenzo   Link to this

following JBW's lead. It is an education in the art of "come on up to see me etchings" the olde excuse to seduce a young maiden. The Leads for Faithorne cover much of Art, which leads to Will: Blake Anothe famous printer poet..

JWB   Link to this

Faithorne portrait?

johnt   Link to this

Interesting use of the word "brave". I do not recognise any such modern usage.

Australian Susan   Link to this

"began composition of musique"
Oh, Sam! Why no details?

Brian McMullen   Link to this

I have not read ahead so I also await more details of this "composition of musique". On the other hand, I have seen his portrait with the music sheet in his hand so music appears to be of immense importance to our man.

Mary   Link to this


We've met the word in this sort of context before. Splendid, handsome etc. cf. Shakespeare's "O brave new world ...."

language hat   Link to this

If anyone's interested, the Greek text at the top of JWB's Embleme link reads "mono to theo doxa": 'only to God glory' (or, in more natural English, 'glory to God alone').

JWB   Link to this

Last year ('61) Sam wrote "brave moon". Also Nat'l Portrait Gallery has 11 pgs of Faithornes: http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?Li...

Jim   Link to this

Interestingly, the Welsh language preserved this meaning of the word "brave" when we borrowed the word from either French or English- we say "Mae'n braf heddiw" to mean "it [the weather] is fine today"

vicenzo   Link to this

Mr Debne was on his knees asking for forgiveness for arresting a Privilege member and had to pay a fee for his thoughtlessness..

laoighse   Link to this

brave as an adjetive in this sense was uses in Donegal in my childhood, Sixties and I think the Scots braw must be the same, late annotation

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