Illustrations from 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Mervyn Peake

The Art Fund presented this series of 7 illustrations to the museum in memory of its late director, Dr Robert Woof.


Details

Medium:
Indian ink & wash
Dimensions:
Average: 22 x 15 cm
Art Fund grant:
£35,000 ( Total: £35,000)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Sebastian Peake

'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' grew out of the intense creative relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth in the late 1790s. Peake's illustrations are among the most powerful especially his depiction of suffering: of the mariner, the albatross, the crew, and the child-woman who represents Life-in-Death (this image was originally withdrawn from publication as too terrifying). Peake's drawings nevertheless succeed in conveying the elusive redemptive possibilities that Coleridge imagines in the poem but never quite captures.

Provenance

By descent from the artist.

Venue details

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum Town End, GRASMERE Cumbria LA22 9SH 01539 435 544 www.wordsworth.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

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