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Painting Away the War at Kelmscott Manor

Painting Away the War at Kelmscott Manor

Lecture by Prof Joscelyn Godwin Hon FSA (Professor of Music Emeritus, Colgate University)

Kelmscott Fafnir Hedge
The first occupants of Kelmscott Manor after May Morris’s death were Edward Scott-Snell (later Godwin) and his wife Stephani Allfree. They were young artists and poets, enthralled by the Pre-Raphaelite and fin de siècle movements. During the 1940s the Manor became their artificial paradise, where they lived out their creative fantasies as though the War were not happening. Edward’s discovery of benzedrine and its effects led to early examples of psychedelic art, and Morris’s imagined presence inspired their collaborative biography, Warrior Bard. Their younger son introduces their work, part of which is now in the Manor’s collection.

As part of the Kelmscott Manor 2018 summer programme, we will be hosting a special exhibition of paintings, drawings and writings by Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell at the Manor.

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Image Credit: “Kelmscott above the Fafnir Hedge” by Edward Scott-Snell, c.1943. (Society of Antiquaries of London, Gift of Joscelyn Godwin)


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With the Kelmscott and Morris: Past, Present and Future project we will be improving our temporary exhibition and research spaces at Kelmscott Manor. The Exhibition Space will allow us to explore William Morris’s sources of inspiration and antiquarian interests as well as highlight others who lived at and were inspired by Kelmscott Manor. It will feature exhibitions drawing on the Society’s collections at Burlington House in London, the Manor’s reserve collection, and loans from other institutions. The Research Space will allow for broader and deeper access to the Manor’s archive and collection, as well as supporting research and learning relating to the Manor, its history and occupation.

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