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Two of Evelyn De Morgan's paintings were star pieces in the recent Watts Gallery exhibition. Dr Tessa Kilgarriff explains why their inclusion was so important to the show.

This month, Sublime Symmetry, our touring exhibition exploring William De Morgan's use of mathematics in his ceramic designs, opens at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth.

To celebrate, curator Sarah Hardy has selected one of her favourite pieces from the exhibition as June's Object of the Month.

With a generous donation from the Derek Hill Foundation, the De Morgan Foundation was recently able to conserve some wonderful De Morgan ceramics which will now enter our handling collection so they can be enjoyed close-up by our school groups and visitors.

Our conservator, Bouke De Vries, explains the complex process of conserving De Morgan ceramics.

Emma Merkling writes about an exciting new archival find at National Trust’s Wightwick Manor: a list of book titles in a sketchbook from ca. 1877, the first primary evidence of Evelyn De Morgan’s potential intellectual resources.

 

On 2nd May 1919, Evelyn De Morgan passed away. Her funeral was held at Chelsea Old Church on 8th May 1919, before she was laid to rest with her husband William at Brookwood Cemetery in Woking.

Luna (1885) by Evelyn De Morgan

                            

 

This post will not be a properly art-historical exploration of Evelyn De Morgan’s The Sea Maidens, but rather a reading of it today, an image with contemporary resonances and dynamics.

 

This month, Louise Reasbeck who works at Cannon Hall, has taken a fresh approach to interpreting Evelyn's paintings through the floral symbolism imbued in the paint.

Watts Gallery – Armistice Sunday 11 November 2018 

In 1901 Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) began to produce paintings on the subject of war. By the time of her death on 2 May 1919 she had created at least seventeen finished paintings and many for more preliminary sketches, which allude critically to the effects of both the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and World War One (1914-18).