[Ads-l] Cloudscapes

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon May 16 22:54:24 EDT 2016

It's wonderful what a reading program can uncover, that database searches won't find.


      From: George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
 Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 6:10 PM
 Subject: [ADS-L] Cloudscapes
Triumphing over the OED again, because an entry drafted in 1891 isn't
up-to-date.  But it keeps me from getting into worse mischief.

Cloudscapes: A scene composed of clouds, whether actually or in a painting.

1868    Daily News 3 Sept.  Some of these cloud-scapes are extremely grand.
1880    Times 5 Oct. 6/6  In the various branches to which photography is
now [applied]..in portraiture, landscape, seascape, cloudscape.
1886    J. J. Hissey On Box Seat 186  Affording the most glorious
sea-scapes and cloud-scapes

I offer:

            A shower came on which help'd to moderate the great heat of the
weather -- before sun set it clear'd off & the clouds exhibited the most
beautiful colours, accompanied with a Rain-bow -- I took a walk along
Broadway and enjoy'd the delightful Cloudscape
            Anderson, Alexander.  Alexander Anderson's New York City
Diary, 1793 to 1799.  Jane E. Pomeroy, ed.  Oak Knoll Pr./American
Antiquarian Soc., 2014.  Vol. 2, p. 324, entry for May 8, 1795

I notice that there is a Wikipedia article on "Cloudscapes".

George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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