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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Historical Hot or Not

Dear Attic readers:
Today we will be starting a new feature here at The Attic, entitled "Historical Hot or Not"; the aim is aesthetic appreciation of museum founders or collectors from history. Individuals will be nominated for your approval, and we hope to err... stimulate... some discussion. We were inspired to do this after viewing the following:
This is Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), founder of the Wellcome Trust and famed collector of medical paraphenalia, some of which now forms the Wellcome Museum in London. So: hot or not? I say, totally hot; on a scale of 1-10, definitely a 10. What say you?

7 comments:

Amy said...

Hot, but not as hot as the photo of him as a younger man wearing a helmet.

Ceri said...

Totally NOT I'm afraid, that moustache is scary and puts me off (okay I have issues because my Dad always had a moustache so I cannot like any man with one, its weird). BTW I have seen many handsome (dead) men at the National Portrait Gallery so I can provide some images although they are not all museum related....

Museumist said...

I have to agree with Ceri, that mustache seems to have a life of its own.

J said...

Can't you think of the moustache as a sort of historical patina that gives him an antique charm?

Amy said...

Look past the moustache and gaze into *those* eyes!

http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/assets/henry.jpg

*sigh*

Jenny said...

I'd probably say noble, rather than hot. He looks like a kindly uncle...But he does have nice eyes and good cheekbones.

Still has a squirrel on his face though.

Jeanette said...

I'm with Ceri, can't get pass the moustache. I also agree that there are some seriously good looking dead men in the National Portrait Gallery. Have a look at this one:
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait.php?search=ap&npgno=3136
For some reason I find him really attractive (possibly the fact he was rich!) and, even better, he doesn't have a squirrel on his face...