Posts Tagged: Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

VI

Sechs

2,191 days of biographical marginalia (yes, I remembered the leap year…)

VI

Sechs

2,191 days of biographical marginalia (yes, I remembered the leap year…)

Muskauer preview

Places: Muskauer Park

A visit to the estate of Romantic-era polymath Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

Muskauer preview

Places: Muskauer Park

A visit to the estate of Romantic-era polymath Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

P_11Oct_Berlin4

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

P_11Oct_Berlin4

Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 4

Else was shocked when management barred her entry one day, on the grounds that she didn’t consume enough. “Is a poet who consumes a lot even a poet?” she fumed. And so as the First World War approached, Café des Westens fell out of favour with the avant-garde.

P_10Aug_Hermann

Prince of tides

Although better known in his lifetime as a writer and adventurer, Pückler-Muskau saw the Saxon park as his greatest monument. It was an expression of his lifetime passion for landscape gardening, into which he poured his entire fortune.

P_10Aug_Hermann

Prince of tides

Although better known in his lifetime as a writer and adventurer, Pückler-Muskau saw the Saxon park as his greatest monument. It was an expression of his lifetime passion for landscape gardening, into which he poured his entire fortune.

P_10May_German

A German miscellany

The documentary just shown on German TV about Weimar Berlin included Lotte Lenya singing a mesmerising “Seeräuber Jenny” and a rare glimpse of Valeska Gert’s infamous grotesque dances.

P_10May_German

A German miscellany

The documentary just shown on German TV about Weimar Berlin included Lotte Lenya singing a mesmerising “Seeräuber Jenny” and a rare glimpse of Valeska Gert’s infamous grotesque dances.

Lady Hester Stanhope

Dress-down Friday: Lady Hester Stanhope

“I can assure you if I ever looked well in anything it is in the Asiatic dress,” claimed Stanhope, and like Isabelle Eberhardt, she found liberation not in assuming a traditional Arab female role, but by becoming an “honorary man”.

Lady Hester Stanhope

Dress-down Friday: Lady Hester Stanhope

“I can assure you if I ever looked well in anything it is in the Asiatic dress,” claimed Stanhope, and like Isabelle Eberhardt, she found liberation not in assuming a traditional Arab female role, but by becoming an “honorary man”.

Mahbuba

Slave to love

In 1837 Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau visited a slave market in Cairo, there catching sight of a near-naked Abyssinian girl of no more than 13 called Mahbuba, “beloved”. He promptly purchased her.

Mahbuba

Slave to love

In 1837 Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau visited a slave market in Cairo, there catching sight of a near-naked Abyssinian girl of no more than 13 called Mahbuba, “beloved”. He promptly purchased her.

Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

Sweet destiny

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau was one of those aristocratic 19th century polymaths of boundless initiative and insatiable curiosity who treated the world like their own private kunstkammer.

Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

Sweet destiny

Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau was one of those aristocratic 19th century polymaths of boundless initiative and insatiable curiosity who treated the world like their own private kunstkammer.