We went to the L.A.’s Original Farmer’s Market (actually we went yesterday too) for lunch. Leslie has to say sorry to Voodoo Doughnuts and Blue Star Donuts in Portland – Bob’s Donuts in LA beats them big time. For anyone who has every had a Carolina Creme doughnut in Easley, SC (which is the best doughnut in the world) these are almost exactly like them. We have decided it is good that we do not live near markets like this that have all these great little restaurants with delicious food all in one place – it would not be good for us.
We spent the rest of the day the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens which is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical gardens. Before his death in 1927, Huntington amassed “far and away the greatest group of 18th-century British portraits ever assembled by any one man”. In accordance with Huntington’s will, the collection, then worth $50 million, opened to the public in 1928. The library contains a substantial collection of rare books and manuscripts, concentrated in the fields of British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science. Spanning from the 11th century to the present, the library’s holdings contain 7 million items, over 400,000 rare books, and over a million photographs, prints, and other ephemera.
The second picture shows the mausoleum of Henry and Arabella Huntington which was designed in the form of a Greek temple designed by John Russell Pope. Pope believed the classic circular peristyle (or double colonnade) and dome were well suited to the nature of the Huntington grounds because it presented a perfect front from every angle, and was a combination of two perfect forms, the circle and sphere. Pope later used a similar design in the construction of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.. The next few pictures show some of the paintings and furniture and art that were in the galleries. The 7th and 8th pictures are the famous The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and Pinkie by Thomas Lawrence. We ran out of time to really see the library, but we did get to see one of the 11 vellum copies of the Gutenberg bible known to exist (next to the last picture). The Gutenberg bible was the first major book printed in the West using movable type. and it marked the start of the “Gutenberg Revolution” and the age of the printed book in the West.