This picture was presumably based on a scene that Spencer Stanhope had witnessed during a trip to Sorrento, situated on the North side of the Sorrentine Peninsula on the Gulf of Naples. This was, of course, far from his home outside Florence, and he is most likely to have gone there either on holida...
William knew from a young age that he wanted to be an artist. This self-portrait was painted before he had any art training.
Against the wishes of his father, the famous mathematician Augustus De Morgan, William had lessons at Cary’s art school, from the age of 19. He trained to draw antique sculpture in order that he would earn a place at the Royal Academy Schools. William’s drawings from this period are exceptional.
William entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1859. However, he completed just four out of the mandatory eight years required to become a Royal Academician. Instead, he began a career in decorative arts by making stained glass alongside William Morris, who was a lifelong friend, before setting up the ceramic business in 1872.
Conserved in 2019 with the aid of a grant from the AIM Pilgrim Trust Conservation Scheme
This is the earlier of two portraits of William De Morgan, painted by his wife Evelyn. According to the signature at the top right of the work, it was painted in Florence, in 1893.
In the painting, William is depicted in his blue artists robes against a tiled wall. He stares solemnly at the viewe...
Relief face of Medusa modelled in Gesso and probably painted with oils on a panel board. Background of applied water gilding decorated with punched and sgraffito techniques. Similar in techniques to the painted panels at All Saints Church, Cawthorne
The personification of dusk and the moon was a recurring motif in Evelyns later works often against a calm seascape. In ancient lore the moon is associated with fertility and the cycle of life and is often portrayed by a triple goddess whose three incarnations are maiden, mother and crone.
Illustrates the Biblical story of the Exile of the Jews in Psalm 137:
"By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there, we hung up our lyres
For there our captors required of us songs,
And our tormentors, mirth, saying Sing us one of the Songs of...
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