"Would have been hilarious if they made Daniel Day-Lewis sit in one of those side booths. #Oscars"
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836) - Jacques-Louis David (1788)
Lavoisier is known for his pioneering studies of oxygen, gunpowder, and the chemical composition of water. In 1789 he published a treatise on chemistry illustrated by his wife, who is believed to have been David’s pupil. Lavoisier was involved in a political scandal which led him to withdraw the present painting from the 1789 Salon. Despite his service to the revolutionary regime, he was guillotined.
Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum or Silversword. All species of Silversword have a very small range (on Hawaiian islands, on volcanoes at altitudes above 1,500 m), so their populations are small… hope they’re still around when I can one day visit.
Feb. 21, 1885: The Dedication of the Washington Monument
On this day in 1885, the Washington Monument was officially dedicated. Three years later, it was opened to the general public.
The Washington Monument lies in the center of Washington, D.C. and it commemorates the first president of the United States, George Washington. The monument was designed by Robert Mills and it was completed by Thomas Casey. Once construction was done, the Washington Monument was the world’s tallest building, measuring 555 feet.
See how the Washington Monument and other iconic locations in Washington, D.C. have changed throughout the past 100 years.
Top Photo: Washington Monument in 1860; Bottom Photo: Washington Monument in 1902 (Library of Congress).
The Little Mermaid
“The abduction of Daniel Boone’s daughter by the Indian” (1853)