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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)
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.


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