Today, I wanted to look at Sybil Tawse. One, she had a fabulous name. Two, I just found her while looking at some Talos stuff – yeah the big bronze guy. Her work is very much in the style of Heath Robinson and Edmund Dulac. And even though she doesn’t have their clout today, she was illustrating popular classics in an unabashedly “feminine” style in her day.
Have you heard of the Eve of St. Agnes? I hadn’t before I read the Keats poem. It’s filled with exquisite detail. So no wonder it’s inspired so many artists. I also didn’t know it helped spur the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
It’s been a stressful few weeks. I’ve been doing some work for a big festival, but it’s calmed down now. Now to try and move across the sea again. (Wish me luck.)
So, for a laugh (for my own benefit, thank you), here’s a handful of depictions of terrifying babies, and one toddler. I came across them in Rome and Oslo – apparent hubs of disturbing children in art.
After identifying Judith you might ask, okay so how do you know if it’s Salome? It’s a little easier. But unlike Judith, Salome is more of a background character. A pawn. But from famous paintings, you might not think so.
Ladies in art history have some fabulous hats. And I must have them. Clearly.