Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson (@aidennyc)

My life and passions represented in images accompanied by words. Happily partnered in Connecticut.

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A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
(🎨: Portrait of James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos and Marquess of Carnarvon by Arthur Davis). #portrait #portraitpainting #oilpainting #painting #oiloncanvas #art #artist #artwork #portraiture #pink #style #realmenwearpink #dandy #dapper #dashing #debonair #dandyism #fashion #posh #mensfashion #mensstyle #flamboyant #menswear #dandystyle #instapainting #instaart #instaartwork #OOTD #outfit #ensemble

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. (🎨: Portrait of James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos and Marquess of Carnarvon by Arthur Davis).  #portrait  #portraitpainting  #oilpainting  #painting  #oiloncanvas  #art  #artist  #artwork  #portraiture  #pink  #style  #realmenwearpink  #dandy  #dapper  #dashing  #debonair  #dandyism  #fashion  #posh  #mensfashion  #mensstyle  #flamboyant  #menswear  #dandystyle  #instapainting  #instaart  #instaartwork  #OOTD  #outfit  #ensemble

The dining room at Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island features many symbols of Beauty, Wealth and Power so fundamental to Alva Vanderbilts' perception of herself. Designed by Parisian decorator Jules Allard, the walls of Algerian marble gleamed in the afternoon light as the Vanderbilt family gathered to lunch and converse in French. The family sat on dining chairs made of solid bronze covered in gold leaf that weigh seventy-five pounds and required a footman to move them.
#MarbleHouse #newport #mansion #newportmansions #gildedage #grand  #vanderbilt #opulent #opulence #gilded #gold #gilt #diningroom #baroque #rococo #beauxarts #neoclassical #interiordesign #interiordecor #decor #wealth #rich #posh #architecture #archiporn #archidesign #archilovers #architecturelovers #architexture #architecturaldesign

The dining room at Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island features many symbols of Beauty, Wealth and Power so fundamental to Alva Vanderbilts' perception of herself. Designed by Parisian decorator Jules Allard, the walls of Algerian marble gleamed in the afternoon light as the Vanderbilt family gathered to lunch and converse in French. The family sat on dining chairs made of solid bronze covered in gold leaf that weigh seventy-five pounds and required a footman to move them.  #MarbleHouse  #newport  #mansion  #newportmansions  #gildedage  #grand  #vanderbilt  #opulent  #opulence  #gilded  #gold  #gilt  #diningroom  #baroque  #rococo  #beauxarts  #neoclassical  #interiordesign  #interiordecor  #decor  #wealth  #rich  #posh  #architecture  #archiporn  #archidesign  #archilovers  #architecturelovers  #architexture  #architecturaldesign

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of people and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” -Mark Twain
(📷: William and Alva Vanderbilt with family and friends in Egypt, c. 1888). #antiquephotograph #vanderbilt #GildedAge #society #egypt #pyramid #sphinx #sepia #travel #explore #antiquephotography #photography #photograph #instaphoto #instapic #victorian #instaphotograph #travelpic #instaphotography #instatravel #traveling #travelphotography #travelinstyle #travelgram #travelling #travels #traveler #travelers #travelpics

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of people and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” -Mark Twain (📷: William and Alva Vanderbilt with family and friends in Egypt, c. 1888).  #antiquephotograph  #vanderbilt  #GildedAge  #society  #egypt  #pyramid  #sphinx  #sepia  #travel  #explore  #antiquephotography  #photography  #photograph  #instaphoto  #instapic  #victorian  #instaphotograph  #travelpic  #instaphotography  #instatravel  #traveling  #travelphotography  #travelinstyle  #travelgram  #travelling  #travels  #traveler  #travelers  #travelpics

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton (📷: The Payne Whitney house at 972 Fifth Avenue in New York City, photo by Jonathan Wallen).
#opulent #opulence #grand #grandeur #architecture #interiordesign #interior #interiordecor #decor #mansion #estate #fireplace #mantel #fireplacemantel #mirror #reflective #reflection #archiporn #archidesign #archiporn #nyc #GildedAge #society #wealth #rich #newyorkcity #manhattan #5thavenue #fifthavenue #architecturelovers

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton (📷: The Payne Whitney house at 972 Fifth Avenue in New York City, photo by Jonathan Wallen).  #opulent  #opulence  #grand  #grandeur  #architecture  #interiordesign  #interior  #interiordecor  #decor  #mansion  #estate  #fireplace  #mantel  #fireplacemantel  #mirror  #reflective  #reflection  #archiporn  #archidesign  #archiporn  #nyc  #GildedAge  #society  #wealth  #rich  #newyorkcity  #manhattan  #5thavenue  #fifthavenue  #architecturelovers

"Inherited wealth is a real handicap to happiness. It is as certain a death to ambition as cocaine is to morality." -William Kissam Vanderbilt 
#dapper #dashing #dandy #debonair #handsome #man #mensstyle #posh  #mensfashion #menswear #ootd #outfit #ensemble #outfitoftheday wealth #regal #mansion #estate #rich #gentleman #style #fashion #stud #beau #fop #dandyism #dandystyle #dandylad #gent #sunrise #tophat

"Inherited wealth is a real handicap to happiness. It is as certain a death to ambition as cocaine is to morality." -William Kissam Vanderbilt  #dapper  #dashing  #dandy  #debonair  #handsome  #man  #mensstyle  #posh  #mensfashion  #menswear  #ootd  #outfit  #ensemble  #outfitoftheday wealth  #regal  #mansion  #estate  #rich  #gentleman  #style  #fashion  #stud  #beau  #fop  #dandyism  #dandystyle  #dandylad  #gent  #sunrise  #tophat

“In life, as in chess, one’s own pawns block one’s way.  A man’s very wealth, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him.” – Charles Buxton
(📷: Interior of the Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh, New York, photo by Jonathan Wallen). #MillsMansion #opulent #grand #rich #grandeur #opulence #mansion #estate #GildedAge #society #interiordesign #interiordecor #chess #interior #beauxarts #neoclassical #gold #gilt #gilded #antique #architecture #archiporn #archidesign #archilovers #architecturelovers #architexture #archi #architecturaldesign

“In life, as in chess, one’s own pawns block one’s way.  A man’s very wealth, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him.” – Charles Buxton (📷: Interior of the Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh, New York, photo by Jonathan Wallen).  #MillsMansion  #opulent  #grand  #rich  #grandeur  #opulence  #mansion  #estate  #GildedAge  #society  #interiordesign  #interiordecor  #chess  #interior  #beauxarts  #neoclassical  #gold  #gilt  #gilded  #antique  #architecture  #archiporn  #archidesign  #archilovers  #architecturelovers  #architexture  #archi  #architecturaldesign

During the gilded age wealthy socialites flocked to Newport, Rhode Island to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, spending the brief summer social season in their grand mansions. Newport was a place where the rich went to see and be seen and to show off their debutante daughters on the marriage market. (📷: Theresa Fair Oelrichs in the rose garden of her Newport residence Rosecliff, with her son Herman Oelrichs, Jr. and nieces Muriel Fair Vanderbilt (L) and Consuelo Fair Vanderbilt II (R), c. 1912) 
#antiquephotograph #antiquephoto #pic #antiquephotography #sepia #newport #society #gildedage #wealth #rich #posh #blackandwhite #garden #landscape #pose #umbrella #dress #gown #style #fashion #womensstyle #womensfashion #upperechelon #vanderbilt #Rosecliff #heir #heiress #snob #photograph #photography

During the gilded age wealthy socialites flocked to Newport, Rhode Island to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, spending the brief summer social season in their grand mansions. Newport was a place where the rich went to see and be seen and to show off their debutante daughters on the marriage market. (📷: Theresa Fair Oelrichs in the rose garden of her Newport residence Rosecliff, with her son Herman Oelrichs, Jr. and nieces Muriel Fair Vanderbilt (L) and Consuelo Fair Vanderbilt II (R), c. 1912)  #antiquephotograph  #antiquephoto  #pic  #antiquephotography  #sepia  #newport  #society  #gildedage  #wealth  #rich  #posh  #blackandwhite  #garden  #landscape  #pose  #umbrella  #dress  #gown  #style  #fashion  #womensstyle  #womensfashion  #upperechelon  #vanderbilt  #Rosecliff  #heir  #heiress  #snob  #photograph  #photography

Sitting in a corner, humble as a toad,
oh, how I love my opulent abode.
I fall asleep and wake up in here,
the world far away; yet virtually near.
Not that I'm jailed in this place of grace,
I just don't want to face another face. (📷: Main Hall of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, in Chicago, Illinois). #opulent #opulence #grand #grandeur #interiordecor #interiordesign #mansion #estate #wealth #rich #society #upperechelon #highclass #upperclass #stairs #staircase #stairwell #hall #beauxarts #neoclassical #architecture #archidesign #archiporn #archilovers #architecturelovers #architecturaldesign #picturesque

Sitting in a corner, humble as a toad, oh, how I love my opulent abode. I fall asleep and wake up in here, the world far away; yet virtually near. Not that I'm jailed in this place of grace, I just don't want to face another face. (📷: Main Hall of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, in Chicago, Illinois).  #opulent  #opulence  #grand  #grandeur  #interiordecor  #interiordesign  #mansion  #estate  #wealth  #rich  #society  #upperechelon  #highclass  #upperclass  #stairs  #staircase  #stairwell  #hall  #beauxarts  #neoclassical  #architecture  #archidesign  #archiporn  #archilovers  #architecturelovers  #architecturaldesign  #picturesque

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” -Emily Post
(📷: Banquet for Elbert Henry Gary, founder of US Steel, given at the Waldorf-Astoria, c.1909). #WaldorfAstoria #dinner #dinnerparty #dinnertable #dine #finedining #men #gentlemen #dapper #dapperman #dashing #debonair #distinguished #dandy #suitandtie #suits #banquet #gathering #supper #supperclub #entertain #sprawling #table #society #upperechelon #meal #eat #antiquephotograph #blackandwhite

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” -Emily Post (📷: Banquet for Elbert Henry Gary, founder of US Steel, given at the Waldorf-Astoria, c.1909).  #WaldorfAstoria  #dinner  #dinnerparty  #dinnertable  #dine  #finedining  #men  #gentlemen  #dapper  #dapperman  #dashing  #debonair  #distinguished  #dandy  #suitandtie  #suits  #banquet  #gathering  #supper  #supperclub  #entertain  #sprawling  #table  #society  #upperechelon  #meal  #eat  #antiquephotograph  #blackandwhite

Dr. William Seward Webb and his wife Lila Vanderbilts sprawling country estate, 'Shelburne Farms', overlooking Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Completed in 1895, it was designed in the Shingle-style by Robert H. Robertson with landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted. Informal compared to other Vanderbilt mansions, it encompassed 100 rooms and boasted over 3,800 acres of farmland; maintained by a staff of 300 employees. It was a model agricultural enterprise where they raised various types of cattle and farm animals; with the fresh farm produce grown daily providing for their various estates. Lila and her husband often hosted dignitaries here, including Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. The house still has most of its original furnishings and serves as an Inn with 24 guest rooms. 
#ShelburneFarms #mansion #estate #vanderbilt #gildedage #society #wealth #rich #society  #GildedAge #Vermont #history #preservation #breathtaking #picturesque #sprawling #landscape #architecture
#archidesign #archiporn #archilovers #architecturelovers
#architecture_hunter #architecturaldesign #architecture_greatshots #architexture

Dr. William Seward Webb and his wife Lila Vanderbilts sprawling country estate, 'Shelburne Farms', overlooking Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Completed in 1895, it was designed in the Shingle-style by Robert H. Robertson with landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted. Informal compared to other Vanderbilt mansions, it encompassed 100 rooms and boasted over 3,800 acres of farmland; maintained by a staff of 300 employees. It was a model agricultural enterprise where they raised various types of cattle and farm animals; with the fresh farm produce grown daily providing for their various estates. Lila and her husband often hosted dignitaries here, including Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. The house still has most of its original furnishings and serves as an Inn with 24 guest rooms.  #ShelburneFarms  #mansion  #estate  #vanderbilt  #gildedage  #society  #wealth  #rich  #society  #GildedAge  #Vermont  #history  #preservation  #breathtaking  #picturesque  #sprawling  #landscape  #architecture  #archidesign  #archiporn  #archilovers  #architecturelovers  #architecture_hunter  #architecturaldesign  #architecture_greatshots  #architexture

Eliza Osgood “Lila” Vanderbilt Webb was an American heiress born in 1860. Her father was wealthy businessman William Henry Vanderbilt, and her grandfather was 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt, founder of the family's railroad fortune. Mild mannered and well-tempered, Lila's role in society was minor due to her disinterest in the lavish balls and galas of her siblings, she much preferred the comforts of her townhouse at 680 Fifth Avenue or her country estate, 'Shelburne Farms', in Vermont. Lila was a voracious reader and diarist who kept herself busy by playing bridge, walking and playing golf. She was hard of hearing, and was one of the first people to purchase the newly invented "black-box" hearing aids. Lila passed away quietly at Shelburne in her seventy-sixth year.
#antiquephotograph #GildedAge #blackandwhite #antiquephoto #photography #society #wealth #rich #antiquephotography #posh #dress #gown #style #fashion #pose #portrait #regal #vanderbilt #chic #womensstyle #womansfashion #womenswear #society #upperechelon #heiress #instaphoto #instaphotograph

Eliza Osgood “Lila” Vanderbilt Webb was an American heiress born in 1860. Her father was wealthy businessman William Henry Vanderbilt, and her grandfather was 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt, founder of the family's railroad fortune. Mild mannered and well-tempered, Lila's role in society was minor due to her disinterest in the lavish balls and galas of her siblings, she much preferred the comforts of her townhouse at 680 Fifth Avenue or her country estate, 'Shelburne Farms', in Vermont. Lila was a voracious reader and diarist who kept herself busy by playing bridge, walking and playing golf. She was hard of hearing, and was one of the first people to purchase the newly invented "black-box" hearing aids. Lila passed away quietly at Shelburne in her seventy-sixth year.  #antiquephotograph  #GildedAge  #blackandwhite  #antiquephoto  #photography  #society  #wealth  #rich  #antiquephotography  #posh  #dress  #gown  #style  #fashion  #pose  #portrait  #regal  #vanderbilt  #chic  #womensstyle  #womansfashion  #womenswear  #society  #upperechelon  #heiress  #instaphoto  #instaphotograph

"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world." -William Shakespeare
(📷: Detail in the dining room of the Samuel M. Nickerson House in Chicago, Illinois). #interiordesign #interiordecor #decor #instadecor #mansion #estate #wealth #rich #posh #design #GildedAge #lighting #lightingdesign #light #architecture #archidesign #archilovers #victorian #stately #elegance #diningroom #craftsmanship #illumination #ambience #elegant #gold #gilt #Gilded #giltbronze #illuminate

"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world." -William Shakespeare (📷: Detail in the dining room of the Samuel M. Nickerson House in Chicago, Illinois).  #interiordesign  #interiordecor  #decor  #instadecor  #mansion  #estate  #wealth  #rich  #posh  #design  #GildedAge  #lighting  #lightingdesign  #light  #architecture  #archidesign  #archilovers  #victorian  #stately  #elegance  #diningroom  #craftsmanship  #illumination  #ambience  #elegant  #gold  #gilt  #Gilded  #giltbronze  #illuminate

I shot an arrow into the air, 
It fell to earth, I knew not where; 
For, so swiftly it flew out of sight
you could not follow it in its flight. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(🎨: Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney, The Archers, by Joshua Reynolds, 1769). #painting #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #art #artist #artwork #WorkofArt #archery #masterpiece #bowandarrow #arrow #men #gentlemen #gents #woodland #forest #portrait #portraitpainting #bow #archers #archerylife #archeryhunting #archeryseason #archerypractice #aim #target #targetpractice #instaart

I shot an arrow into the air,  It fell to earth, I knew not where;  For, so swiftly it flew out of sight you could not follow it in its flight. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (🎨: Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney, The Archers, by Joshua Reynolds, 1769).  #painting  #oilpainting  #oiloncanvas  #art  #artist  #artwork  #WorkofArt  #archery  #masterpiece  #bowandarrow  #arrow  #men  #gentlemen  #gents  #woodland  #forest  #portrait  #portraitpainting  #bow  #archers  #archerylife  #archeryhunting  #archeryseason  #archerypractice  #aim  #target  #targetpractice  #instaart

"If proportion is the good breeding of architecture, symmetry may be defined as the sanity of decoration." -Edith Wharton
#opulent #opulence #grand #grandeur #architecture #archidesign #archilovers #archiporn #interiordesign #interiordecor #chandelier #stately #wealth #rich #posh #neoclassical #beauxarts #spacious #picturesque #breathtaking #regal #symmetry #windowtreatments #symmetrical #interior #light #sunlight

"If proportion is the good breeding of architecture, symmetry may be defined as the sanity of decoration." -Edith Wharton  #opulent  #opulence  #grand  #grandeur  #architecture  #archidesign  #archilovers  #archiporn  #interiordesign  #interiordecor  #chandelier  #stately  #wealth  #rich  #posh  #neoclassical  #beauxarts  #spacious  #picturesque  #breathtaking  #regal  #symmetry  #windowtreatments  #symmetrical  #interior  #light  #sunlight

"She felt a stealing sense of fatigue, the sparkle had died out of her, and the taste of life was stale on her lips. She hardly knew what she had been seeking, or why the failure to find it had so blotted the light from her sky: she was only aware of a vague sense of failure, of an inner isolation deeper than the loneliness about her." -Edith Wharton
(🎨: 'The Opera Cloak', by William Strang, c. 1913). #painting #oilpainting #oiloncanvas #art #artist #artwork #WorkofArt #portrait #portraitpainting #portraiture #dress #gown #style #fashion #chic #posh #wealth #rich #dressedtothenines #dapper #dashing #debonair #glare #unsatisfied #indifferent #stare #isolation  #antique #green #greendress

"She felt a stealing sense of fatigue, the sparkle had died out of her, and the taste of life was stale on her lips. She hardly knew what she had been seeking, or why the failure to find it had so blotted the light from her sky: she was only aware of a vague sense of failure, of an inner isolation deeper than the loneliness about her." -Edith Wharton (🎨: 'The Opera Cloak', by William Strang, c. 1913).  #painting  #oilpainting  #oiloncanvas  #art  #artist  #artwork  #WorkofArt  #portrait  #portraitpainting  #portraiture  #dress  #gown  #style  #fashion  #chic  #posh  #wealth  #rich  #dressedtothenines  #dapper  #dashing  #debonair  #glare  #unsatisfied  #indifferent  #stare  #isolation  #antique  #green  #greendress

Mantel detail in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The focal point is the large portrait of Queen Alexandra by Francois Flameng, painted in 1908. 
#opulent #opulence #grand #grandeur #interiordesign #interiordecor #decor #stately #mantel #fireplace #hrh #royalty #fireplacemantel #BuckinghamPalace #wealth #rich #chic #posh #regal #gilt #painting #oilpainting #portrait #gold #gilded #refinement #architecture #archiporn #archidesign #archilovers

Mantel detail in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The focal point is the large portrait of Queen Alexandra by Francois Flameng, painted in 1908.  #opulent  #opulence  #grand  #grandeur  #interiordesign  #interiordecor  #decor  #stately  #mantel  #fireplace  #hrh  #royalty  #fireplacemantel  #BuckinghamPalace  #wealth  #rich  #chic  #posh  #regal  #gilt  #painting  #oilpainting  #portrait  #gold  #gilded  #refinement  #architecture  #archiporn  #archidesign  #archilovers

I've got pizazz, I've got panache
Distinction of the upper class,
Passerby remain aghast 
All thanks to my grand mustache.
(🎨: Portrait of Percy Bate by William Strang, c. 1905). #gentleman #dapper #dashing #dandy #debonair #studious #mustache #stache #facialhair #instamustache #gent #man #mustachesofinstagram #handsome #art #artist #artwork #WorkofArt #portrait #portraiture #portraitartist #glasses #smart #suitandtie #mensstyle #pose #menswear #mensfashion #menssuits

I've got pizazz, I've got panache Distinction of the upper class, Passerby remain aghast All thanks to my grand mustache. (🎨: Portrait of Percy Bate by William Strang, c. 1905).  #gentleman  #dapper  #dashing  #dandy  #debonair  #studious  #mustache  #stache  #facialhair  #instamustache  #gent  #man  #mustachesofinstagram  #handsome  #art  #artist  #artwork  #WorkofArt  #portrait  #portraiture  #portraitartist  #glasses  #smart  #suitandtie  #mensstyle  #pose  #menswear  #mensfashion  #menssuits

During the Gilded Age, one of the most famous names in America was Vanderbilt. They were an unstoppable force in New York and Newport society, and became notorious for their elaborate parties and palatial mansions. One of the crown jewels of their numerous estates is Cornelius Vanderbilts legendary oceanfront mansion The Breakers, in Newport, Rhode Island. 
#TheBreakers #mansion #vanderbilt #GildedAge #estate #newportmansions #oceanfront #oceanview #newport #wealth #rich #palatial #stately #archi #archidesign #archilovers #archiporn #architecture #architecturelovers #architecture_greatshots #aerialview #architecture_hunter #architexture #architecture_view #archi_features #architecturephotography

During the Gilded Age, one of the most famous names in America was Vanderbilt. They were an unstoppable force in New York and Newport society, and became notorious for their elaborate parties and palatial mansions. One of the crown jewels of their numerous estates is Cornelius Vanderbilts legendary oceanfront mansion The Breakers, in Newport, Rhode Island.  #TheBreakers  #mansion  #vanderbilt  #GildedAge  #estate  #newportmansions  #oceanfront  #oceanview  #newport  #wealth  #rich  #palatial  #stately  #archi  #archidesign  #archilovers  #archiporn  #architecture  #architecturelovers  #architecture_greatshots  #aerialview  #architecture_hunter  #architexture  #architecture_view  #archi_features  #architecturephotography

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