25 October 2011

More Sylvia Plath Drawings Online

The Telegraph has additional images and information about the forthcoming show of Sylvia Plath's drawings on at the Mayor Gallery in London (2 November - 16 December).

An additional article on the exhibit appeared on Spoonfed.co.uk.


Kristina Zimbakova said...

Gorgeous to have more of these gorgeous drawings with lovely captions on the eve of Plath's birthday.

''Don't be an art critic, but paint. There lies salvation.'' Cezanne

Peter K Steinberg said...


Agreed. It's great to know how many pieces will be included in the exhibit. And by making them available to us online it really makes it 'easier' when considering that I am unable to travel to see it! Far and wide, this is a great "birthday present" for Plath & her readers (be they female, male, uncritical, critical...).


magiciansgirl said...

Re: the Spoonfed article - not all shows at commercial galleries mean the objects shown are for sale. I've not seen this mentioned in any other article so my guess is that they are not being sold, but you never know. Once the exhibition is unveiled in November, I assume we'll know more. I am intrigued by the drawing of the shoes with the caption 'Bell Jar'.......

Peter K Steinberg said...


Hi there. This "Bell Jar" one is also a sketch Kristina mentioned liking in the previous posts' comments.

Eight sketches were printed in Lois Ames' "Sylvia Plath: A Biographical Note" which appears after the novel in the US edition of The Bell Jar. Using the Telegraph's and Observer's captions, six of those sketches in The Bell Jar can be identified:

1. The Pleasure of Odds and Ends
2. The Bell Jar
3. Tabac Opposite Palais de Justice
4. Wuthering Heights (from Observer article)
5. Harbour Cornucopia, Wisconsin
6. Sketch of The Anchor and adjacent buildings, Cambridge (not in either recently published article)
7. Sketch of three boats (also, not in either recently published article)
8. Untitled (Study of a Church and Chapel)

The one of the shoes captioned "The Bell Jar" is obviously not in either Plath's or Hughes' hand. It is most likely in an editor's hand from Harper & Row from circa 1970/1971 when the novel was in production.

I do like that they have referenced lines from The Bell Jar.


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