Thursday, May 29, 2014

Even more Janey news

Jenny Morris at Over Stowey

Jane Morris: a Centenary Exhibition

Jane Morris: A Centenary Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July To October | Included In Price Of Admission To The Manor

exhibition, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, will mark the centenary of Jane Morris’s death in 1914. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to view original photographs of Jane and her circle in the setting of the country home she loved, Kelmscott Manor.
 Jane Morris rose from humble beginnings as the daughter of an Oxford stableman to be the wife of William Morris (1834-96)—writer, designer, craftsman and social thinker. She is, however, perhaps most famous as the muse of Pre-Raphaelite artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82).
This exhibition presents Jane in the context of her closest family and friends including Edward Burne-Jones (‘Ned’) and his wife Georgiana (‘Georgie’), the architect and designer Philip Webb, artist Marie Stillman and poet Charles Algernon Swinburne. Jane’s lovers, Rossetti and Wilfred Scawen Bunt, are also represented.
Jane felt a deep love for Kelmscott Manor, writing to Philip Webb that it was ‘all delightful and home-like to me and I love it.’ She spent much time at the Manor from 1871, when the Morrises became its lease-holders, and following her husband’s death in 1896 she spent every summer there. She was able to purchase the manor outright in 1913. The exhibition includes rarely seen photographs of Jane taken at the Manor during the years of her widowhood.
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Mariana

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Mariana

Mariana is one of my favorite paintings. I can’t put my finger on it, but the real-life painting is mesmerizing. The story goes as follows…

At the request of his patron William Graham, Rossetti transformed the composition of his portrait of Jane Morris (‘The Blue Silk Dress’) into a subject picture. By adding a page-boy (modelled by Graham’s son), the figure turns into Mariana, from Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’, deserted by her betrothed.

This subject involves a woman neglected or unsatisfied by her husband (or in this case fiancé). It thus seems specially suited to Rossetti’s series of paintings of Jane Morris.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Away from Home

Doctor has told me to stay here in Suffolk for another month. Internet is very limited here.