The story behind the commissioning of Edward Burne-Jones to paint his monumental series telling the story of Perseus and Andromeda.
His most famous painting, ‘Work’, inspired by the ideas of Thomas Carlyle, and a possibly unique example of multiplex narrative after William Hogarth.
A member of the Seven & Five group, when it moved towards abstract art in 1934, she resigned to pursue her individual style.
Considered one of the leading British painters of the first half of the 20th century, she was an incessant traveller, and came from New Zealand.
Myrrh makes its appearance as one of the 3 gifts of the Magi, then as an attribute of Mary Magdalene. A history in paintings by Bosch and others.
She proves unfaithful to King Arthur, in her public affair with Sir Lancelot. But he may not have exactly been loyal to her either.
She gets but a single line in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and has been painted only rarely, and then usually in a supporting role.
Her obituary dwelled on grace and charm, dismissing her painting as a leisuretime activity. Here is the last part of her 60 year painting career.
Her time in Florence brought maturity to her work. She then painted a series of major paintings, although you’d be pushed to find any in European collections.
Initially a favourite model, she became an accomplished and original painter in watercolours, whose works were seen across Europe and in the US.