Evelyn De Morgan

Hero holding the beacon for Leander

Hero holding the beacon for Leander

Evelyn De Morgan’s work is wholly her own, but you can see traces of inspiration from the works of Burne-Jones and Spencer-Stanhope. This page at The Victorian Web takes a look at De Morgan’s work and the influence of Burne-Jones.

Her mother was the sister of the artist John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope, who became an artistic mentor to Evelyn. She spent a great deal of time with him in Italy, a beautiful country that no doubt appealed to her young, artistic eye.The De Morgan Centre (http://www.demorgan.org.uk) describes Evelyn and her husband, William De Morgan as “true renaissance people” who were interested in spiritualism, the Suffragette movement, and prison reform. The couple were both pacifists, and I was happy to stumble upon this webpage that highlights her anti-war paintings.

A favorite De Morgan painting of mine is Deianira, the second wife of Hercules and the subject of the play Trachiniae by Sophocles.

 

Deianira

To come full circle with the Pre-Raphaelite theme, here is a beautiful portrait Evelyn De Morgan did of Jane Morris:

demorgan_janemorris

A female artist whose work was influenced by Pre-Raphaelitism drawing an older Jane Morris, whose features have become almost synonymous with the very word Pre-Raphaelite.

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  1. I’ve been to the De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth, London on several occasions. She was an extremely good draftsman. I learned very valuable lessons looking at her drawings. The studies for her paintings are just so educational. I first came into contact with her work when looking at some Burne Jones drawings in Wandsworth Library. She was clearly influenced by him. For me it’s there to see in those drawings.

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