I’m so excited about this. I’m going to be bogging off to London in December for a week for a couple of gigs, and copious amounts of shopping. Tutankhamun is probably going to be booked up, so I might try and squeeze in the Terracotta Army as well.
My friend told me about this exhibition yesterday, and funnily enough I’ve just acquired an interesting new book about Katey Dickens by Lucinda Hawksley (who also wrote a fantastic book about Lizzie Siddal) one of Charles Dickens’ daughters. The book is simply called ‘Katey’ for anyone interested in getting a copy. I haven’t read much yet, but I’m loving it already.
Lucinda is actually a descendant of Charles, and was so fascinated by a painting of Katey (later in life as Mrs Perugini), this led to her researching and later writing about her life. The painting was by John Everett Millais, so my attending this exhibition was obviously meant to be! Millais also painted the very famous ‘Ophelia’ modelled by Lizzie Siddal, which I’ve talked about previously and was a personal friend of the Dickens’.
Any of you who can get to London for the exhibition, or just want to read a little more about it, can find it on the Tate’s website. I will of course report back in December as to what it was like.