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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).

 
 
 
Between October and December 2019, De Morgan supporters generously donated over £3,000 towards the conservation and restoration of Evelyn De Morgan's painting 'Our Lady of Pace' (1907).

The theme of love is one which Evelyn De Morgan was drawn to repeatedly over her 50-year career as a professional artist.

 

The last time I saw the De Morgan Foundation Collection it was in Wandsworth in a purpose-built gallery space which subsequently closed in 2014.

William De Morgan was the most important ceramic designer of the Arts and Crafts Movement.