Jane Morris

Would May approve ? by Sasha Ward

One of the first things I liked in Jane Morris' bedroom was not this portrait of her, a CFM watercolour copy of a DGR original, but her daughter May's comment displayed alongside. "It bothered me to have house and church and boathouse all brought together when they were really in different directions..."

Aided by aerial photographs of Kelmscott Manor in the 1972, I have been turning my drawings into designs that are topographically correct, and include paths and rivers where I have seen them in relation to the Manor.

Ink sketches above : design 1 (from the east), design 2 (from the south), design 3 (from the north east). Sketches for repeats based on designs 1, 2 & 3 below.

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My favourite DGR item by Sasha Ward

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On the left, my drawing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's drawing "Pomegranate and Lily", hanging in WM's bedroom. On the right, the silk embroidery by Jane Morris from this drawing, hanging on the other side of the window. I haven't copied a drawing for ages, what I wanted to show in this and my two first attempts below, is its huge glowing 3 dimensional presence in the room.  

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