Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Watery frolics in the style of Peter Fendi

Here is a trio of paintings which were thought, for may years, to be by Austrian artist Peter Fendi (1796-1842).  Today it is not certain if they were his work or done in his style.  Fendi was a pioneer in colour printing and also designed a number of banknotes for the Austrian government in 1841.

Whoever did them, they have a spritely joy about them as groups of ladies and a couple of very excited gentlemen disport themselves in the water in a very tidy landscape.  In fact it rather reminds Triple P of  Home Park, near his birthplace of Hampton Court.

We haven't managed al fresco sex in Home Park as it is usually far too crowded with people and rather aggressive (sometimes) deer.  We did have a fumble in a more wooded part with our then girlfriend S, once, but decided that we had better wait until we got back to her apartment near Richmond Park instead (especially as it was October and quite cold, even though it was sunny). 

Anyway, these ladies are obviously not worried about the cold (no doubt ladies of the 1830s were better able to deal with the cold than we are today).  These were probably painted about 1835 (there are around 40 pictures altogether) but weren't published as lithographs until 1910.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Angélique et Médor after Agostino Carracci

Back through the centuries for this piece of al fresco reverse cowgirl (as it would not have been called at the time!) action.  In a sylvan landscape a lady guides her lover's erection into her vagina while her companion gazes at it raptly.  We confess that this is still a sight that fills us with delight even after  nearly forty years!  No scrabbling around on the grass for this couple as they have a luxurious looking cushion and a large piece of fabric on which to desport themselves.

Marcantonio Raimondi

This picture has a rather convoluted history.  It is one of  a series of erotic engravings of sexual positions produced in book form under the title I Modi by Marcantonio Raimondi (1480-1534) in 1524.  An engraver, he based his pictures on a series of paintings produced by Giulio Romano (1499-1546) for the Duke of Mantua, Federico II Gonzago's new palazzo in Mantua.  Romano was unaware that Raimondi had used his paintings as the basis for his engravings until Raimondi was imprisoned by Pope Clement VII for producing them.  The  Pope ordered all copies of the books to be destroyed.  Romano escaped imprisonment as his paintings were a private commission and were not, unlike Raimondi's book, for public consumption.   

Pietro Aretino by Titian

The poet and author Pietro Aretino (1492-1556), after going to see Romano's originals, then composed sixteen erotic sonnets to accompany the pictures and he also helped  get Raimondo released from prison.  A second edition of I modi was then published in 1527 which included Raimondi's illustrations and Aretino's sonnets, in the first known example of erotic pictures and text being included in one publication.

Apart from a few fragments in the British Museum the 1527 edition is lost, although Aretino's sonnets survived.  Later Agostino Carracci (1557-1602) reconstructed the illustrations (he must have had access to at least a partial copy at that time, as his illustrations are very close to the British Museum fragments).  In 1798 another edition of I Modi was published in Paris with Carracci's engravings reworked by the French artist Jacques Joseph Coiny (1761-1809).   These are the illustrations we have today.

Angélique et Médor byToussaint Dubreuil (1561-1602)

The story of Angélique et Médor (all the illustrations in I Modi were of famous lovers of myth and history) comes from Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto (1477-1533).  Based on the much older Song of Roland (Roland and Orlando are the same person) it tells the story of Orlando's love for the pagan princess, Angélique who he married.  However, she began a passionate affair with the Saracen called Médor.   He carved her name into the bark of a tree but Orlando discovered it (you can just see his figure at the right of the engraving at the top of the post).  It was her betrayal that made him furioso.  Perhaps Roland, who as a Paladin of Charlemagne is a sort of French equivalent of Lancelot of King Arthur's round table, was boring in bed and didn't indulge in athletic al fresco girl on top bonking. Orlando carved the inscription off the tree and imprisoned his wife in a tower.   However, she told Orlando that he couldn't carve away her love for Médor and eventually Angélique killed herself, in a typical end for the sexually aggressive woman in European literature.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mikki Makes a Movie by Ralph Nelson

Given all the pleasing support for our blogs over the recent Google censorship issue, we thought it might be a good idea to look at the comments on some of our posts where a particular girl or pictorial has been requested to see if we can fulfill some of these.  One recently mentioned a girl called Mikki Dessa who, we admit we didn't remember.


However, a little research on our list of Penthouse pictorials showed that it wasn't a solo girl pictorial at all but was actually a couples one appearing in the July 1973 issue.  So why hadn't we included it in our chronological "love sets" coverage?  Quite simply because it was an example of something that both Penthouse and Playboy did back in the sixties and seventies in that it was a pictorial tied to a particular film.  Typically, a specially shot piece from the set featuring a lead or, more usually, a minor actress from a forthcoming film.  Occasionally, the piece might feature a couple as is the case here.   This one was shot outside so, happily, fits in our al fresco sex theme.

Mikki Dessa, Penthouse told us, was twenty-one years old and born in Indonesia.  After a lot of mystical nonsense about people turning themselves into ponies when she was growing up in New Guinea, the piece says that she plays "a small part in White Lightening, and for a few screen moments she turns an erotic vignette opposite co-star Bo Hopkins into a memorable piece of honest filmmaking."  Penthouse speak for "she only appears in a gratuitous sex scene".  So, here is Mikki, no doubt contemplating her script and hoping that her Penthouse pictorial will make her the next big thing.

White Lightning (1973) was one of those Burt Reynolds and cars in the South films, from the time when he was still a proper actor and before he became a parody of himself.  It was supposed to be the big screen debut of Steven Spielberg, who did several months pre-production on it before going on to make Sugarland Express (1973) instead.  White Lightning also saw the uncredited debut of a six year old Laura Dern.

So, off Mikki goes, flaunting her 5' 3", 35-23-35 figure in the Southern swamps and waiting for the casting directors to call.

Unfortunately for Mikki, it never happened.  She isn't mentioned in the cast of White Lightning and it seems her scene with Bo Hopkins was cut, possibly to get the film the PG certificate it ended up with.  A love scene of the sort indicated by this pictorial would have prevented that.

So, here is our second actor in our al fresco drama.  South Carolina born Bo Hopkins had already made a name for himself in the Sam Peckinpah western, The Wild Bunch (1969) and had been appearing on screen since 1966.  He has worked steadily ever since in feature films and TV, including a recurring role in Dynasty in the eighties.

We have two basic locations for the couple's scenes together: Amongst the trees in the swamp and on a wooden landing stage.  As the scene didn't appear in the finished film it is difficult to know which one was shot for the film.

Here they are on the landing stage with Mikki popping perkily out of her blouse and Bo looking mean and moody.  You'd think he would look happier when presented with such a pleasing pair but perhaps he is acting.

Anyway, Bo begins by exploring Mikki's bust in only Penthouse's fourth couples pictorial to date.

As was often the way in films in this period, while the girl has to get naked the man keeps his jeans on.   We get a nice kiss, as well as Bo's hand wandering up between Mikki's legs.

In fact, this picture, where he has his forearm on her pussy, was the most explicit shot in a Penthouse couples pictorial so far.  So, in retrospect, we were wrong to eliminate this as a couples pictorial and will add it to our index on the right.    It's a shame we never saw any more of Mikki but she is certainly beautifully captured in this erotic vignette by photographer Ralph Nelson; one of just five Penthouse pictorials he shot at the time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The supportive tree

Agent Triple P has a meeting with a lady from Iran today.  It is our second meeting and what a gorgeous creature she is!  Many years ago we had a girlfriend who was an air hostess (as they were then called) for a Middle Eastern airline and she had several friends from Iran Air.  Goodness me, those Iranian ladies were lovely!

Anyway, we haven't featured any Persian art before but our al fresco sex season enables us to post this anonymous but charming painting, done sometime in the nineteenth century, of a gentleman taking his lady from behind.  Now Triple P, of course, favours the rear entry position, more often than not (to the extent that a former girlfriend moaned that most people considered her bust her best feature but Triple P never bothered to look at it) but the standing up position does require some adjustment as regards angle of attack, especially if the lady is petite (Triple P is 6' 1").  In this position, having something for the lady to brace against is useful as it enables her to present her rear end in a more accessible way.  This lady has found a perfect young tree for the purpose (although we question, from a horticultural point of view, a tree with such a thick trunk but small upper branches).

Our first lady against a tree came (so to speak) about twenty years ago with our particular friend S from Vancouver.  We were attending an insurance conference at the splendid Banff Springs Hotel in  Alberta and after the conference dinner decided to walk back via a small detour into the woods (S wanted to see the Bow Falls in the moonlight, or some such).  S needed to relieve herself and claimed she couldn't wait the few minutes it would take to get back to our room (actually she just enjoys doing it outside, if the truth be told) so we stepped a few yards into the trees.  Both of us then feeling more relaxed she suggested that I then "take her against the tree" (I suspect she used a rather more vulgar word).  So, with her suitably braced on the trunk (arms out in front of her, evening dress up around her hips), we did. Treemendous!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sea Song by FW Eck

Well, Triple P is back from Istanbul and so can continue with al fresco sex month, here on The Seduction of Venus.  There was no outdoor sex for Triple P last week (plenty of the indoor variety) partly because Istanbul is so overcrowded (the sixth most populous city in the world) that finding a quiet outdoor spot is virtually impossible.

Anyway, time for another Penthouse couples pictorial and this one is conveniently al fresco.  Actually, we are cheating a bit because it isn't the next pictorial in our chronological survey but as it is the next but one we thought we could stretch our rules a bit and we will put the other one up soon.   This one appeared in the December 1977 issue.

This pictorial was shot by photographer FW Eck, about whom we can discover nothing whatsoever.  This is the first of just four pictorials he (we assume it is a he) did for Penthouse and the only couples one.  He did one Pet of the Month shoot; Angela Hyer (British actress Victoria Tennant) which appeared in May 1978.

All of his pictorials were effectively sensuous and it's a shame that he didn't do more of them.   The lady in this one is Teri Christiansen who would appear in a solo pictorial shot by Eck in the April 1978 issue of Penthouse.  We will post this on Venus Observations shortly. 

These ones of Teri in her white bikini are unusual in that they are in natural colours.  For the rest of the pictorial Eck used, for some reason, an orange filter which gives the pictures a strange other-worldly look.

Here the man starts to remove Teri's bikini.  The bottom shot of the three is particularly effective as she arches her back to receive his kiss, his arms supporting her as her bikini bottoms fall from her body.

Here she gets to strip him, in turn and provides a suggestive, implied fellatio shot.  The accompanying text is very much from the purple prose end of the Penthouse spectrum; in this case suggesting a classical back story (despite the man's very nineteen seventies swimming trunks!)


"Naked she appeared to the stranger. She of the enchanted isle.  Half woman, half goddess, her body was legend, the great sea her only master."  It goes on to describe him.  "Naked she found him, too, the prisoner of some interminable journey.  Ulysses, a wanderer, tossed by merciless seas.  But on this flesh-warm and alien shore, Poseidon was gentle."

So, it is back to the days of Greek myth and Homer's Odyssey.  He the wandering Ulysses and she a water nymph.  Anyway, we are obviously supposed to imagine them frolicking in the waters of the Mediterranean.

In fact, the only time Triple P has had any intimate adventures in the sea was in a small inlet in the Ionian Sea in Greece, where the usually rather prim lady we were with was suddenly overcome by some mythical sea-nymph erotic urge and dispensed with her swimsuit before removing Triple P's and indulging in some sub surface activity.  You couldn't do it in Britain, of course, as the water is too cold usually and we haven't been to a whole lot of beaches around the world as we tend to find them rather dull.  Having Teri to hand would enliven them no end, however.

In fact, rather surprisingly, the shoot was done on the Rosario Islands, which are a small archipelago just off the coast of Colombia, about 30 miles south of the Caribbean city of Cartagena, which Triple P visited 18 months ago.  Ten years after this pictorial they were designated as a national park.

We do like to see kissing in couples pictorials and, as we have mentioned before, it isn't as common as you might think.   Eck gets his couple looking convincingly affectionate, however.

"With his tongue, Ulysses traces the contours of her form, lodging at last within the salted recesses of her body," continues the text, breathlessly.  We're not sure what the Canadians would have made of this shot, given they turned back the issue containing The Lady and the Stableboy in May that yeardue to its similarly assertive groin munching shot.

The man looks understandably delighted to be lodged between Teri's lovely long thighs in the shallows.

Finally, Teri presents, her rear end in one of only two pussy (and anus) revealing shots of the pictorial.   This is an excellent pictorial, despite the strange orange filter and the couple generate some real passion in it even though it is not really that explicit.   It would be seven months before Penthouse had another couples pictorial but next we have to go back in time and present the rather strange boy/girl/girl one we have jumped.