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1978 Sheffield catalog
I'd been thinking for years I must have had a catalog from the 1978 Sheffield show that I spent every dime I had in the world to get to. I couldn't remember seeing one though. I was organizing shelves tonight and there it was. It wasn't even unfamiliar. It's full of great stuff - only black and white pictures, but a nice list of many things I don't even remember seeing. Apollo and Daphne was there. Ariadne, Isabella and the Pot of Basil, a lot of stuff I'd have sworn I saw for the first time in Montreal. Is this a rare catalog? I can't think I've seen it mentioned here. I could scan it in its entirety if it's of interest. It was written by Anthony Hobson, who I'm pretty sure I saw give a lecture there. Ann Goodchild had to take over a few minutes into the talk because he stuttered so badly. There are a bunch of short essays on Waterhouse subjects. One of the most interesting pieces talks about his models. His points about them seemed to me the most factual I'd read. He linked the likenesses together from picture to picture, identifying particular models rather than trying to claim the lot of them as an ideal that Waterhouse created. I haven't looked in his book to see if he makes the same claim there. Anyway, Whoohoo! I finally found the catalog!
Thanks for sharing that, David. Glad you found your catalogue! :) Particularly interested about the essay on his models. It'd be great to see any scans if you had the time to do that, but I guess that may be time consuming.
It's not that big a catalog. As I recall though, you can't post more than one image on a topic, so could someone remind me where I send it to to get it posted? I also have some interesting bits from an old publication that shows Circe Invidiosa before he put the monster under Circe's feet. Her face is different too. I remember reading he held on to that picture a little while before it went to Australia so he could improve it. He did improve it!
I've seen the catalogue for sale on eBay but only once, so I'd say you have a rare work.
There is a reference to Circe Invidiosa and JW in a recent book on Edgar Maxence. The book is from an exhibition last year in Nantes. I hadn't known that Circe appeared at the Paris Salon 1892 until I read this book (though on re-reading Trippi he did mention it in passing). The book is similar in approach to the one that was produced for the JW exhibition, with a series of papers, one of which discusses the impact of pre-raphs on Maxence.
It is difficult to find ... I have a copy and treasure it.
The section you mention about the models is two paragraphs (I think that is all, need to look through again to see if there is more) ... that Dr. Hobson also included in his 1980 book (but with a few changes), The Art and Life of J W Waterhouse RA 1849-1917 ... pages 170, 171.
With his interest in Nino and his book ... Dr. Hobson helped to bring an appreciation for the work of Waterhouse.
I'll add the paragraphs to the article on the models ... and share them here soon.
Thanks for mentioning the catalog, David. So glad you found your copy.
Interesting to know about the reference to Circe Invidiosa and JW in the book on Edgar Maxence, Neil .... thank you.
Just thinking about Dr. Hobson and remembered Julia dedicated the website to him. From this site's 'About' page ...
"The site is dedicated to the late Anthony Hobson."
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