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something so beautiful

John William Waterhouse is my favourite artist of all time. 

He was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter and something about the lush medieval-style gorgeousness of his paintings struck me from when I was a teenager. 

Looking at his work, for me, has always been like taking a deep breath of warm summer air. 

Waterhouse_i_am_half_sick_of_the_shadows


Waterhouse_ophelia_03

This was almost my wedding dress. I had the dress maker drawing the pattern before I chickened out for something more traditional. To be honest I've always been a bit sorry. 

Waterhouse_a_mermaid

Anyone who knows me knows I had a print of A Mermaid on my wall from first year uni. It moved from house to house with me. When it finally disintegrated about 5 years ago, Adam replaced it with a beautifully framed print of this one:

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Waterhouse_fair_rosamund

For the medievalists!

Waterhouse_destiny

This is probably one of Waterhouse's most reproduced paintings. Gorgeous, right?
Waterhouse_miranda_the_tempest

I know it might sound a bit fey and daft but I've always felt like I recognised this painting. 

I hope you think these are as beautiful as I do!

xxx

2 Comments on “something so beautiful

Naomi
July 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm

And funnily enough I always felt that I recognised you in that one (Miranda and the Tempest).

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Alex N
July 30, 2009 at 6:18 am

You are so much more classy than me…!
xx

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