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Title Violet (deep springs of happiness)
Collection Crafts Study Centre
Calligrapher Irene Sutton (Wellington)
Description The lines from Robert Bridges' 'The Testament of Beauty' are written in the shape of a leaf above a painting of a violet and some more writing, on folded vellum. The writing and illustration are very delicately executed.
Id Number Current Accession C.84.42.a
Inscription 29 January 1942 on reverse
Location Creation Site Edinburgh, Scotland
Subject calligraphy, double opening, plants
Measurements 14 x 9 centimetres - Dimensions given relate to folded size.
Material paint on vellum
Other Materials ink
Ink black
History Made as a present for Charlotte Wellington's (Hubert Wellington's first wife's) last birthday on 29 January, 1942. The writing was produced with a crow quill, but the violet was painted with a brush. Irene said she would hesitate to suggest this mixture of techniques to students as it was difficult to carry off, because the quill and brush make such different strokes. At this time it was fashionable, and considered correct, to match calligraphy with pen and quill drawings
Literary Source Robert Bridges' 'The Testament of Beauty'
Rights Owner The Irene Wellington Trust/Crafts Study Centre 2004
Style Period Period 1940s
Technique hand-lettering



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