The De Morgan Collection: An Online talk with Curator Sarah Hardy

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An online talk from curator Sarah Hardy about the De Morgan Collection

Southwark Art Collection has a particularly intriguing painting of a Christian martyr. Draped in red and echoing Renaissance paintings, this is a picture of a woman with long flowing hair. She is at the centre of the huge painting, chained to a post on the shore of a desolate beach, her fate is to drown for her faith.

The painting is by Evelyn De Morgan a feminist artist who worked in London in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1887 she married William Morris’s friend, the Potter William De Morgan. Most De Morgan artwork is today owned by the De Morgan Foundation which was set up by Evelyn’s younger sister from her personal collection of art and ceramics.

In this talk, De Morgan Curator Sarah Hardy will introduce the artwork of William and Evelyn De Morgan and illuminate the scope of her work with this historic collection today.

Sarah Hardy BA (Hons) (Dunelm), MA Manchester, DipLCM

Sarah studied Art History at Durham University before obtaining her masters degree in the subject at the University of Manchester. Sarah is a Victorian Arts & Crafts specialist, having researched and written widely on the subject, including William Morris’s revival of embroidery, William Blake’s influence on the Pre-Raphaelites, Bookbinding and the Kelmscott Press and, most recently, William De Morgan’s use of mathematics in his ceramic designs, for the De Morgan Foundation’s successful touring exhibition, Sublime Symmetry. Sarah began her museum career in the education department at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, before working on interpretation at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, and Two Temple Place. Sarah then worked extensively on loans and exhibitions at the National Gallery and the British Library, where she completed the Institute of Art and Law Diploma on Law and Collections Management, before joining the De Morgan Foundation in 2018. Sarah is Curator-Manager of the De Morgan Foundation.