We are  fortunate to have easy access to the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.  There will be an exhibition this  year that particularly interests me.  The Halff Collection will be exhibited at the McNay February 3 through May 9.  This collection is  entitled An Impressionist Sensibility and was shown in the Smithsonian in 2008.

Hugh and Marie Halff  live in San Antonio and have generously loaned and donated paintings to several  museums and exhibitions.

Twenty-six American paintings from the Impressionist era from the remarkable private collection of San Antonians Marie and Hugh Halff. Key artists in the exhibition are John Singer Sargent, William Merritt

Chase, Childe Hassam, and Theodore Robinson. Paintings in the collection are notable for both their

range and quality and include superb examples by leading American masters from the 1870s to 1930.

The Sulphur Match

John Singer Sargent

Matches originated during the reign of the Roman Empire, but they were not self igniting. The matches were composed of thin strips of wood tipped with sulphur. The sulphurous match head was touched against a hot surface, such as fire embers or a heated poker, whereupon the sulphur would ignite. This form of match persisted into the 18th century. These matches were not an original ignition source; typically a fire would have to be lit, using steel and flint, to light the match.
In 1786 sulphur matches were sold in Paris and London with a bottle, the inside of which was coated with phosphorus. The sulphur match head was rubbed in the phosphorus and then on the cork stopper of the bottle, thereafter the match ignited.


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Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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