A Tragic Life: Florence Carter-Wood

A Hint of Mystery: Florence Carter-Wood Portrait of Florence Munnings, at sunset (1912) is a key work in Munnings’ Cornish period and a rare painting by Munnings of his first wife, Florence Carter-Wood.  Florence was an artist herself, exhibiting both at the Royal Academy and at Walker Art Gallery. According to Christie’s, She is probably…

Annie Louisa Swynnerton: The Sense of Sight via The Eclectic Light Company

Reblogged from The Eclectic Light Company‘s series on The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. This painting is one of my favorites from Annie Louisa Swynnerton. For me, Swynnerton’s masterpiece, and one of the finest paintings of this difficult subject, is The Sense of Sight from 1895. This is now in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, which had…

The Tree of Life: 17th century

  “This association with the Tree of Life in Revelations is reinforced by the curling grape vine wrapped around the trunk of the tree, which is symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the promise of eternal life.” TheMet     This unique image of a miraculous tree bearing multiple species of fruits and vegetables…

Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites

Lately, I have been delving into the lives of some of the talented women surrounding the Pre-Raphaelite movement, both artists and models, so I am delighted to re-blog this poem by Gwendrina. Published at The Peaceful Pub, “Sister From The Order Of The Pre-Raphaelites” is a poem about “a fictitious member of the group based…

Isobel Lilian Gloag: Four Corners to my Bed…

  ‘Four corners to my bed Four angels round my head Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Bless the bed that I lie on’ What Does This Mean? James Greig explains this rhyme in his essay “Isobel Lilian Gloag and Her Work“,  published in The Magazine of Art, Volume 26 in 1902: ” [This] is a…

Sir Alfred James Munnings: Idle Moments or The Boathouse (1906)

Munning’s Earliest Boating Theme According to Christie’s, Idle Moments; or The Boathouse (1906) “is the earliest boating theme, foreshadowing [Sir Alfred James Munnings’] series of ladies in canoes painted in the 1930’s and 40’s.”  The description continues: This scene is the boathouse at Mendham … The lady in the back reclines and contentedly settles in…

Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895)

Who Is Maria Spartali Stillman? Marie Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman, (1844 –1927), was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter and model, arguably the greatest female artist of that movement. During a sixty-year career, she produced over one hundred and fifty works, contributing regularly to exhibitions in Great Britain and the United States. (2) One Dante Is Never…

John Gulich: A Violin Concerto (1898)

  Who Is John Gulich? John Percival Gülich (also Gulich) (26 December 1864 – 11 December 1898) was a British illustrator, engraver and artist. Details: Artist: John Gulich 1864–1898 Medium: Watercolour on paper Dimensions Support: 889 x 711 mm Collection: Tate Acquisition: Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1899 Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0…

Dame Laura Knight: The Fairgrounds, Penzance

Who Was Dame Laura Knight? Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolours, etching, engraving and drypoint. Knight was a painter in the figurative, realist tradition who embraced English Impressionism. As a teenager, she initially started painting to help support her financially struggling family in her home town of Nottingham,…

Charles Conder: The Shore at Dornoch (c.1880)

  The Shore at Dornoch (c.1880). Charles Conder (British, 1868-1909). Oil on canvas. Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums. The lady sitting on the beach reading is Amaryllis Robichaud who was a friend of both Conder and Toulouse Lautrec. She owned this painting. This captures the beauty and elegance for which she was famed and with its…