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Earlier in February adult education tutor Katja Robinson presented a lecture entitled Walter Crane and William De Morgan: Fairy Tales and Fantasy as part of a 5 week Arts & Crafts Adventures course for Edinburgh Council's further learning programme.

 

The De Morgans and Suffrage

By Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Surrey. Her collaborative doctoral award from the University of Surrey and Watts Gallery supported her research on women in nineteenth-century creative partnerships. Attached is a link to purchase her publication on the De Morgan's with a 30% discount.

Mary Evelyn Pickering (1855-1919) is often described as the wife of famous Arts and Crafts potter, William De Morgan. Indeed, her sister and biographer named her book of reminiscences on the couple as William De Morgan and his Wife. However, she was in fact a talented and pioneering female artist, who battled for recognition and respect in the male dominated Victorian art world.

                                                               

 

In this blog Art History student Callista Aston from the University of Auckland explains how she helped the De Morgan Foundation to identify the source material for a study in our collection by Evelyn De Morgan: D_EDM_0390. The study is one of several copies which we believe Evelyn undertook in situ at various museums whilst training to be an artist.

A much under researched part of William De Morgan's oeuvre is his designs for stained glass. Between 1865 and 1872 he was known to have worked on stained glass production with Edward Burne-Jones for Morris and Co. As well as contributing to some of Burne-Jones’s commissions he also worked on commissions by himself and we are aware that he created designs for 8 churches across the country, of which we believe 5 are still in situ.  

De Morgan Foundation acquires rare copy of “The Result of an Experiment” publication of William and Evelyn De Morgan’s automatic writings.

Natasha Logan joined us for a short volunteering stint in the winter of 2014. She had previous museum experience but we always hope we can offer something new and unique for our volunteers. Reading Natasha's account of her time with us, we think we may have succeeded in this case!

 

Hidden away in a dark corner of All Saints Church, in the tiny village of Cawthorne, some wonderful but relatively unknown paintings by Evelyn De Morgan are located.

This week we welcomed our painting conservator, Carol Willoughby. The De Morgan Foundation is undertaking conservation on eleven of Evelyn De Morgan's paintings, and the first step in that process is taking the canvases out of the frames. The paintings and the frames will go to separate specialist conservators. This has been an interesting week for staff and volunteers, as it is a chance to experience the paintings close-up, see them out of their frames and, in some cases, uncover exciting new discoveries!