Friday, June 17, 2011

There was a Young Mermaid from Pendour

See, there's this village in Cornwall, you know in England. And there's this mermaid, see, and, no wait wait, let me back up, there's this guy Matthew something...wait wait um Trewhella, yeah Matthew Tre-whatever and he was good in music or something or other and he was singing hymns or humming hymns...whatever...and this mermaid, see, she was living in Pendour Cove, you know, nearby, and she like fell in love with him and he like loved her too but he...he...then he...I don't know, it was sad, sorta, sorta sad or I dunno, this happened a long time ago and it's a true story, or well, a true legend, or I dunno, just cuz it's a legend, does that make it true or untrue...well, anyway:

John Reinhard Weguelin — The Mermaid of Zennor — 1900

8 comments:

RahneFan said...

This painting is one layer of a card my wife sent me ten years ago. This is the first time I have seen it in any other context. Thank you.

Check it out, the mermaid has a cell phone.

Annie said...

I love your little story to go with it, especially because I read it first- and then saw the lovely painting with its comparable sense of humor. What is that in the mermaid's hand?

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Like RahneFan sez: a cellphone!

a fog of ideas said...

I think she has the remote and that's why he looks so afraid

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Of course, now that you say it, it's so obvious.

Nathan K said...

Technically what the mermaid usually is doing by the waterside is combing her hair, so my guess is that it is supposed to be a comb...but a cellphone is hilarious.

Artman2112 said...

i was thinking it was a hand phaser. lovely painting, is that watercolor???

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Artman! Yes, indeed, that's watercolor. Reminiscent of William Russell Flint, yes?