Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Tragedy of Jenny Morris

My article on Jenny

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jane handwriting

Rossetti sketch

A Rosetti sketch from an album that belonged to Jane, that to my mind rather resembles her despite supposing to be a classical statue. On the sketch DGR has written :

PS. It also strikes me as possible that/Ned may have heard from you I wanted it/and [suit?] it" and dated in another hand: "20.9.78"

Philip Burne Jones

This is from an album owned by Jane (that went to May and was left to the British Museum) of early sketches by Philip Burne-Jones who was good friends with May and Jenny. Was this done for them ?

Children bowing before a dressed up pig, illustration to a rhyme, from an album of 60 caricature drawings

Inscription Content: Signed with initials and inscribed with rhyme: "If a pig wore a wig/What could we say ..."

May's name

May was born at the Red House on the 25th March 1862, the feast of the Annunciation. Neither of her parents, Jane and William Morris were religious but she was given the name Mary quickly abbreviated to May, possibly because Mary was the generic name given to house maids.

Friday, November 2, 2012