Tuesday, December 6, 2016

L'Ecole des Faunes by Eugène Courboin






Time for another nymph and satyr, although this watercolour is of the rather less aggressive Roman faun, who was less rapacious and more relaxed in his pleasures. Here his relaxation is helped by a nymph plying him with wine.  On Sunday we were around at our particular friend A's house and she was (messily) feeding Triple P Rioja from a glass Spanish porron wine pitcher.  Good job we were in the bath at the time. The experience reminded us of this picture by the French illustrator Eugène Courboin, from the book L'Ecole des Faunes (1896).  A, we should point out, given the amount of time she spends in the gym, is rather more toned than this nineteenth century nymph.




Here is another illustration of a faun and nymph by Courboin from the same book.  Courboin was born in 1851 and illustrated a number of books and magazines.  He died in 1915.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Two women by J.B De Lapin





The lovely author, Scarlett Knight, often has a Sapphic Sunday picture on her gorgeous Goggle+ page and today, having read an erotic letter from one of my ex girlfriends on the subject of sapphic pleasure, we thought we would post one too. 

This lovely drawing is by J.B. De Lapin from a series entitled Les Erreurs de l'amour, which was published in around 1925.  De Lapin, despite his name (or pseudonym, more likely) appears to have been from Prague. 

The leggy lovely on the left, with the à la mode haircut, is sprawled, with her legs apart, on the cushions,  She appears to be the older, more experienced woman while the innocent looking ingénue appears to be looking for affirmation that what she is doing is having the desired effect.  "Is that nice?  Is that right?"  Oh, we think the other lady will soon teach you a lot!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Priapus and Lotis



Here we have a very old erotic painting depicting the God Priapus and the nymph Lotis.  It was found on a wall in Pompei (destroyed in AD 79), so is around two thousand years old. 

Lotis, the daughter of Neptune, was attending a festival to Liber (the God of wine and viticulture) when she fell asleep (too much wine, no doubt).  A nearby donkey brayed, woke her up and she discovered Priapus trying to rape her.  Here the artist has depicted her just as she discovers the ever erect Priapus making a grab for her.

There are two versions of her fate: in the first, the donkey's noise enables her to escape but in the other, caught in Priapus clutches, she calls to the Gods for help who turn her into a Lotus tree.  This frustrates Priapus but must have been rather dismal for Lotis. She may have preferred a fate worse than death. 

More about Priapus soon.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Babes in Joyland from Chic February 1978





Another girl'girl set from Chic in this post and this one is, supposedly, set in a private school. perhaps in the past, by the entertainingly retro looking underwear on display.  It could not be more different in style from Steamed Clams, the last one we posted. This one is credited to James Baes.




This pictorial comes from February 1978.  As you can see from the slightly cropped scan, Chic was still, in this, its fifteenth issue, using its slightly over-sized format, compared to the other magazines.at the time.




What is noteworthy about this one is the amount of genital touching the girls indulge in.  Penthouse, for example, which had really pioneered the two girl set in 1970 with Two Women (also photographed, coincidentally, by James Baes) wouldn't get even close to this for another eighteen months.




At first glance it looks like the two girls are touching themselves here, until you see which side of the hands the thumbs are.  Their expressions help give the shot some erotic punch, too; especially the girl on the left who is very much to Triple P's taste.




Another bold hand between the legs shot, here. In most men's magazines at the time the two girl pictorials tended not to be as explicit as regards revealing poses or strong interaction but Chic was obviously not worried about this at all.




As usual there were a very few number of pictures for this one, just five, of which there were three double page spreads. Sadly, we haven't been able to find any outtakes for it.  The final shot is a nice pile of rear aspect displaying girls, old fashioned stockings  and white rumpled dresses.  Splendid!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Steamed Clams from Chic. April 1977




Our particular friend S has asked if we have any Chic magazine girl/girl pictorials to go alongside the girl/boy ones we have previously posted: The Servant, California Steaming and Double Exposure.  There was a sort of girl/girl set in Chic's first issue, in November 1976, but it was one of those joke ones, popular at the time, featuring a boxing match and featuring the hideous Grace Jones, so we are not going to bother with it! 




The first girl/girl set proper appeared in the April 1977 issue and was called Steamed Clams.  This was also the first couples pictorial featured on the cover of the magazine.  The cover includes the only shot of the two (unnamed) models in their swimsuits in the shoot.




There was no photo credit included but it very much has a James Baes look about it.  Some artiness is apparent in that while the girls dispense with their swimsuits they retain their swimming hats and, more surprisingly, their goggles throughout.




There are two ways of handling a girl/girl shoot.  The first is just to pose two girls together, something that the UK magazines did in the seventies and eighties rather than having them interacting.   Penthouse in the UK got increasingly worried about the increasing explicitness of the US lesbian shoots and first started to cut out some of the more graphic pictures and then stopped showing the girl/girl pictorials altogether.




The second method is to have the girls interacting with each other in a purported sexual way, something that Penthouse favoured increasingly at this time.  On the whole this shoot is more like the first although this shot has some interaction between the girls.




One thing Chic featured right from the start were genital closeups of their models and they offered up (or rather the girls did) this full page effort of their steaming clams.  The girl underneath certainly has  a hairy clam!




There are just six pictures in the pictorial (plus the cover) and this one presents a very assertive anal shot at a time when they were only just appearing in men's magazines.  This pictorial is a little different from the usual run of girl/girl shoots at the time, has a certain style about it and contains several striking images. The goggles and swimming hats anonymise the girls and turn them into shiny, sculpted objects.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Blood Lust by Matti Klatt




As it is Halloween today we though that we better have a spooky themed  pictorial, so here we have Blood Lust, a lesbian Vampire set by Matti Klatt. The lesbian female vampire was first featured (in a tastefully implied way) in the novel Carmilla by the Irish writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.  Published in 1872, it pre-dated Bram Stroker's Dracula.  It was the direct inspiration for Hammer Film's Karnstein trilogy: The Vampire Lovers (1970), Lust for a Vampire (1971) and Twins of Evil (1971).




This pictorial appeared in the September issue of Hustler in 1980, a bit early for Halloween,  Our innocent virgin can be found in the opening spread lying asleep in bed unaware of the approaching bat.  It being Hustler she lies in bed with her legs apart so perhaps the bat could smell her.




On arriving in the maiden's bedroom, the bat transforms into a basque wearing vampire (or succubus, to give a female vampire its correct name). Our lovely victim is surprised but not enough to close her thighs.





"Overwhelmed, the young virgin offers feeble resistance and is subdued by the hypnotic spell of her cursed female attacker." says the text.  Or perhaps it is just the musky smell of the succubus' displayed pussy.




"At once evil beautiful, frightening yet  alluring, the fullness of the dark woman's femininity awakens withing the girl sinister excitement."  So exciting, obviously that our virgin needs to take a good look to see where that smell is coming from.




"Her darker desires, burning so long deep inside her are set free by the sharp touch of her seductress".  And who wouldn't be seduced by such a busty beauty in her black basque?




"As though possessed, the virgin is engulfed by a hot-blooded passion that must be satisfied at any cost."  There are no biting sequences in this short pictorial but in the final shot our virgin sports a pair of fangs as well.  Both ladies look the part and it would have been nice to have had more pictures in this one.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nymph and Satyr by Jean-Honoré Fragonard



Time for another nymph and satyr picture and this sensuous one is by Fragonard (1732-1806).  Only a handful of Fragonard's work can be dated but this no doubt comes from the time when he was a favourite of the court of Louis XV.  

Given the pipes at the left, this could be the god Pan, who was much involved in pursuing nymphs.  He has the goat legs of a satyr but not the horns or long ears sometimes depicted. He is happily indulging in some cunnilingus on his nymph who is playing the double aulos pipe.  Fragonard probably imagined a sweet flute type instrument but more modern archaeology has shown that it made an aggressive wailing noise not unlike the chanter of bagpipes.  Indeed, the ancient Spartans used them to accompany their military manoeuvres.