Eleanore Fortescue Brickdale

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale had a career of some breadth as an artist. Interestingly, she was considered a Pre-Raphaelite painter; interesting because she was a woman, and because she came late for the Pre-Raphaelites (she was born in 1872). Hence she is credited with reviving that style in the late 19th century. She had the skill to do large oils (often of medieval or moral themes), colored book illustration, and watercolor. Eventually she even designed for stained glass. She continued working until she had a stroke in 1938, and died in London in 1945.

I love that name. You just don't encounter a lot of Fortescues nowadays.

Brickdale was quite prolific, and painted rich images such as these from The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads. I have a couple more books and will scan more from this and the others when I get time.

We were totally charmed by this image. It's by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, from The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads. We've seen pictures of men holding babies, often beautiful and touched, but a knight? Furthermore, we don't see his face, only the baby's. What a delight!

From a poem called "A Sweet Lullaby."


This image illustrates a poem by Robert Herrick called "To the virgins, to make much of time." The first line is "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." It's sweet, yet creepy.


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