Pre-Raphaelite Drawings at the Lady Lever Art Gallery
To celebrate the fact that I have, as far as I am concerned at the moment, FINISHED MY NOVEL, Hodmandod Senior and I went to the Lady Lever art gallery in Port Sunlight near Liverpool to look at some Pre-Raphaelite drawings. H.S. likes this sort of art very much, and I like rolling my eyes at it, going urgh and generally being a bit of a Philistine - so a good time was had by both of us - especially as the Lady Lever art gallery serves some very good cakes which we had to have before looking at the drawings (for energy) and afterwards (as a reward for the painful business of appreciating culture).
There were some good drawings though - and I particularly liked this one which is a study for a painting of a mermaid by Edward Burne-Jones called DEPTHS OF THE SEA. I like it because her determined vindictiveness comes through so very beautifully. In the picture she is dragging the man she loves to the bottom of the sea where he will drown, but at least she will have him to herself...
Port Sunlight Village is in itself a very interesting place. It is a model village designed by one of the Lord Levers for the workers employed in his factory. The houses are all different and there are lots of green spaces so his workers had an unusual and enviable place to live.