Monday, December 21, 2009

A Theme is Chosen




I've been obscessed with the story of the Godolphin Arabian since a young age. The book is a highly, highly fictionalized version of his real life story and very little is actually known about the stallion's origins. Whether or not he was even an Arabian is a topic of much debate.

I've been doing research on the real horse behind the story for several years. At this point, I feel I have a reasonable handle on him and what he would looked like. The difference between the two is stark. One is a golden bay, elegant, mid-20th century Arabian. The other is a cresty, compact, brown your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine stud from an era that predates most modern breeds.

However, for this donation, I'm going to be leaning on Marguerite Henry/Wesley Dennis' depiction. I feel this is the version we all grew up with and they way most people picture him.


Braymere said...

I'm so glad you've chosen to go with this idea. I think it's perfect for you, and I know the results will be spectacular. Can I make one little suggestion? He *totally* needs a bridle to match that in both the pictures you posted. :)

Urbangoatgirl said...

Oh that is going to be so wonderful! I remember reading that book and I love the artwork. I'm such a freak for Spanish horses but I'm thrilled you decided to go with Sham. That will be something really different and exciting.

Laura Skillern said...

Jennifer, I completely agree about the bridle! Now I just need to find a willing volunteer to make one.

Braymere said...

I would volunteer myself, but I think you might really do better with someone who specializes in Arab costume work (Melissa Sage and Melissa Nei both come to mind, but I'm sure there are others). It's a pretty small item and I bet someone would be willing to make it just to be part of the auction, you know?

Have I mentioned that I'm so glad you're posting to you blogs again?

Laura Skillern said...

Oh...once or twice. ;)