“Morning” by John Simmons (1823-1876) Morning John Simmons (1823-1876). Oil. Signed and dated 1826. Watercolour with bodycolour, “This erotically charged fairy in a pose plastique is an incarnation of Eosphorus, Venus at dawn. She is wreathed in a gauze of transparent fabric, like the mists that veil the world in the morning, and bears a wand of starlight. She is resting weightless on a dew-dropped Morning Glory leaf, considered hallucinogenic.” — Rupert Maas
A typical illumination from Letitia Fairbanks' "Princess April Morning-Glory." Her uncle, Douglas Fairbanks, would have approved of her choosing the word 'laughter' to emphasize the importance of laughter to good health: Quote from Douglas Fairbanks’ 1917 book, “Laugh and Live” Laughter clings to good health as naturally as the needle clings to the magnet. It is the outward expression of an unburdened soul. It bubbles forth as a fountain, always refreshing, always wholesome and sweet.