Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) was a well-known artist in Britain, particularly famous for his paintings of horses. Lord Beaverbrook (friend of Winston Churchill) commissioned Munnings for the Canadian War Memorials Fund to paint pictures of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Canadian Forestry Corps in World War I. Munnings painted some 40 paintings, which have not been seen together in a century. Until now, at the National Army Museum in London.
Calvin Miller (1936-2012) was a pastor, theologian, writer, and poet. Timothy Bartel at The Imaginative Conservative remembers Miller for his largely forgotten epic Christian poem, The Singer. It was part of a trilogy, and I can remember seeing it in Christian bookstores in the 1980s. (While you’re at The Imaginative Conservative, you can read T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees.”)
Did you know that there was a book C.S. Lewis was dying to write? Dan DeWitt at The Gospel Coalition has the story. John Pletcher at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics tells us how much J.R.R. Tolkien loved Christmas. And Hannah Long at The Weekly Standard has a story about the steward of Middle-earth, Tolkien’s son Christopher. (The Weekly Standard gives you a three-day pass; this story is worth using it.)
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Painting: Lucie Esnault reading a book, oil on canvas (1900-1905) by Jacques-Emile Blanche.