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Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Old Man Within the Painting

First, let's look at the painting The Accolade.

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Now, let's zoom in.


Have you ever seen the BBC programme Merlin? I've watched all five seasons many times over, and it wasn't until recently that, during a court audience, I saw him. Who, do you ask? An old man. At first, I didn't care. But then, as I looked closer, it appeared that in every episode I viewed that had an open or court audience within it, there he was. Suddenly, I cared.

I don't know why. And this was all before I discovered the man in the painting.

One day, I was sitting at my desk brainstorming when I just happened to look over at a copy of The Accolade, which I keep on my wall. As I looked closer, I realized: I've seen this man before.

The next Merlin episode with an audience in it, there he was again. He didn't do much of anything. He just stood there, listening, is all, really. Once he blinked. And that was that.

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My thoughts immediately went back to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the elderly librarian often seen throughout Merlin. I am almost certain that it is not the same actor, but I do wonder: Who is this man?

I've considered chronicler, counselor, and many more concepts of the sort, though I still remain unsure. Your guess is as good as mine. So, with this rather unexpected post, I am stating that I am curious. Who do you think this old man is?

Olivia K. R. Fisher

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