More than five years ago I posted small images of this Adam Johan Braun oil painting from 1789 showing a nun birching a girl as two other girls look on in tears. The images were from an auction house and quickly vanished from the web after the auction was over. Well, much that is good eventually returns. Now, via another art dealer who gets no link because of intrusive watermarking practices, and courtesy of the watermark removal efforts of volunteers at the Wikimedia Commons, I can show you much nicer images of the painting, in higher resolution. Don’t forget to click these pictures to enlarge them!
There are a couple of gems in this wife-spanking article from the American Weekly of December 11, 1949:
My favorite is perhaps the Vancouver magistrate who attracted the ire of “feminine leaders” with his “take her home and spank her” sentence for a pretty wife’s drunken misdeeds:
Pretty Mrs. Patricia Cederberg was in court on charges of imbibing more cocktails than she was prepared to handle in public. When she pleaded guilty, the magistrate turned to her husband, Gus.
“Did you ever try spanking your wife?” he asked?
“No,” said the surprised Mr. Cederberg.
“I’ll let her go if you take her home and spank her,” Magistrate Matheson ruled.
Gus agreed with alacrity, but whether the prescribed paddling ever took place is the Cederbergs’ secret.
I think we all know that it did indeed happen. “But dear, I’m under the strictest order of the court! I wouldn’t dare not spank you!”
This bit of wooden church decoration of a nun delivering a whipping comes to us via A Voice In The Corner:
Another source suggests it’s a decoration from a misericorde (prayer bench) at De Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.
The thing about a good Lupus spanking scene is that you often don’t even need to see the sore bottom. Here, the girls’ tears tell you everything about how that headmaster is applying the paddle:
And how is he applying it? Hard and low, my friends. Hard and low:
Eventually he tires of her defiance and forces her to remove her uniform for more paddling. But do not fear for her virtue! As you can see, they are ably chaperoned by Minerva, the stuffed owl of wisdom: