WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Coming! So is Christmas.

Waiting.

Few things are as tedious as sitting around doing not a thing. During the holiday season, young and old seem to feel the effects of the unending wait – for holiday break, Santa, presents – you name it.

Coming!
So is Christmas. (phrase)

Reply to a person who has long been called and, at length, answers, “Coming!”

Artist Marcus Stone captured the wistful, yearning expression that often accompanies those stuck biding their time. An illustrator for the books of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, Stone’s early works dealt with history and his fictional commissions. After his election as Associate at the Royal Academy, his focus shifted more to sentiment: the charmingly mundane and love. Several of his paintings capture the essence of waiting: from anticipation to impatience to resignation.

Thoughts by Marcus Stone, 1880, public domain.

Thoughts by Marcus Stone, 1880, public domain.

 

Portrait of a Girl by Marcus Stone circa 1880 public domain

Portrait of a Girl by Marcus Stone, circa 1880, public domain.

 

Ophelia by Marcus Stone, 1888, Shakespeare Illustrated.

Ophelia by Marcus Stone, 1888, Shakespeare Illustrated.

 

Daydreams by Marcus Stone, circa 1890, public domain.

Daydreams by Marcus Stone, circa 1890, public domain.

 

Loves Daydream Eng by Marcus Stone, 1880, public domain.

Loves Daydream End by Marcus Stone, 1880, public domain.

 

Her First Love Letter by Marcus Stone, circa 1890, public domain.

Her First Love Letter by Marcus Stone, circa 1890, public domain.

 

Slang definition taken from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. For more information on Victorian painter Marcus Stone, please visit The Victorian Web.

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