I drew this picture for the lovely and talented Grace Nuth for her birthday several months ago.
(Go here for this wonderful interview with Grace about Pre-Raphaelite mermaids!) It is no secret that she is especially fond of our Nedster and of his own special fondness for mermaids. Ned may have developed a taste for aquatic ladies due to his move later in life to the seaside village of Rottingdean ( also home to Ned's nephew Rudyard Kipling). No, I've never been there but there is great Google reference of its cliffs, which I tried to show in the above drawing.
Perhaps Edward Burne-Jones is associated most with his angels (yes, it is getting to be that time of year when you will see a plethora of Burne-Jonesian angel greeting cards everywhere), but it is his mermaids which proved to be his most haunting obsession.
First of all, everything that needs to be said about Burne-Jones and his mermaids was expressed to perfection in this wonderful post from Kirsty Stonell Walker. I can't add more.
Except for showing you some of Ned's mermaid art, right here:
Ned seemed very fond of mer-families...
|Hurling a fish at her isn't going to work, buddy.|
|And this is probably his most famous mermaid image |
of all, as well as one of his most famous paintings:
The Depths of the Sea.
|Or better known as a t-shirt called "Mermaid Hugging Man". We'll let Grace explain...|
Coming up next: Wombat Friday and why everyone needs to celebrate it.