Old sketchbooks again / by Sasha Ward

 Three drawings of WM on his deathbed by CFM, dated 3rd, 3rd & 4th October 1896.

Three drawings of WM on his deathbed by CFM, dated 3rd, 3rd & 4th October 1896.

In William Morris' bedroom at Kelmscott Manor there is a pencil drawing of him by Charles Fairfax Murray who was there when he died in 1896. Looking at pages from my 1995 sketchbook below, you can probably see why it reminded my brother of the drawings I did at our father's deathbed in St. George's Hospital, Tooting. It's not the facial features that are similar, it's the pose or something more profound. As my fourth drawing in particular shows, I was fascinated by the "life support" and monitoring apparatus.