Born on this day in 1613 was Gerrit Dou, a pupil of Rembrandt, and one of Leiden's finest. He's under-represented in the National Gallery, but this beautifully executed Portait of a Man (surely a self-portrait?) hangs there.
Nige, who, like Mr Kenneth Horne, prefers to remain anonymous, was also a founder blogger of The Dabbler and a co-blogger on the Bryan Appleyard Thought Experiments blog. He is the sole blogger on this one, and his principal aim is to share various of life's pleasures. These tend to relate to books, art, poems, butterflies, birds, churches, music, walking, weather, drink, etc, with occasional references to the passing scene.