Capers #15: A Short Trip to the Huntington

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 10-26-2018 03:06 AM 718 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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RBS is in town. BS came to spend the day with us. So, we three – my echo, my shadow, and me – took the thilly thithters for a short visit to teh Huntington Library in San Marino (California, not Italy). I took few photos – we got there about an hour and a half before closing time.

First, in the parking lot we found this. This reminded me to get my camera out of the car.

Then, there was the fountain in front of the library.

Then, there was some of the stuff I really go looking for in such places. A couple of mechanical desks by Oebin (Or, maybe, replicas – unclear to me).

There’s a chapel in the museum that, until today, I didn’t know about, with this beautiful stianed-glass window.

A marvelous hammered wall hanging (again, only an hour and a half – I did not have time to be reading plaques).

Now, they have little signs everywhere in this joint that say “DO NOT TOUCH”. Otherwise, I might have opened this up to prove to you, and to myownbadself, that this cabinet is actually a piano. We just have to take the pedals’ word for it. I even asked the docent (Whom I think of as the “Museum Gestapo,” who follow me about to make sure I’m obedient to the signs) if she could open it. She said, “No.” (This one really did remind me of Nurse Diesel.)

A view out the upstairs window over the Statue Arcade.

Back downstairs, looking down the Grand Entry, with BS in the middle of the Hall, and RBS looking like she may well be TOUCHING something.

The facade of Mr. Huntington’s house. With the aforementioned thilly thithers getting in the way of what, otherwise, would have been a perfectly lovely shot.

Then, on the way to the exit, having been chased out at 5:01 PM., the Library Fountain again, from a different angle and different lighting.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 01:06 PM

Wow that holsdw a lot of great pieces..looks like it could be an all day affair. Well as the song says ” I took a trip and never left the farm” . thanks for sharing…...........cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-26-2018 11:13 PM

Beautiful place.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 10-26-2018 11:35 PM

They sure knew how to make things back then Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 10-27-2018 08:54 AM

Yeah, Jim. There are multiple galleries. This is just the one building that was Huntington’s house. And the botanic gardens (several of them, representative of many places and species from around the globe) are not to be missed. It’s a fantastic place. If you ever get the opportunity…
Hey, Tony. Some still do. Have you ever heard of Jumberjocks?
Lew, you been here?

-- Mark

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#5 posted 10-27-2018 04:13 PM

Looks a great place to visit for inspiration and just to refresh the soul among beautiful surroundings.

As the proud holder of a degree in museum administration I must take offense at your description of the lowly paid (or volunteer) Docent who serves as the front line of defense against those heathen barbarians who would likely try to bang out Chopsticks on a delicate antique piano just to post the destruction on YouTube for their friends’ amusement. (Not that YOU would do that Mark, but you would be amazed at the number of people who would try.) Docents do what they do for the love of Art so that precious items are not lost and can be enjoyed by future generations.

Dismounting my high horse now, and graciously accepting your standard apology on behalf of museum workers everywhere. :-)

Glad you enjoyed the Huntington, hope you get to go back to spend more time without the thilly thisters getting in the way.

Have a great weekend,


-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 10-28-2018 07:48 AM

John: PM.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 10-29-2018 01:33 PM

thanks for the little tour of one of the huntington galleries,ive been to the gardens which is a must for any one interested in gardening but have yet to get back and see the the library and galleries so i will have to live through you for now.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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