Lady Edna Clarke Hall

Heathcliffe and Catherine in a Loft

1924

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Artist
Lady Edna Clarke Hall 1879–1979
Medium
Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 400 x 571 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs F. Samuel, Mrs E. Bishop and Michel H. Salaman through the Contemporary Art Society 1941
Reference
N05419

Catalogue entry

N05419 HEATHCLIFF AND CATHERINE IN A LOFT 1924
 
 
Inscr. ‘Edna C.H. 1924’ b.l.
Pen and blue wash, 15 3/4×22 1/2 (40×57).
Presented by Mrs F. Samuel, Mrs E. Bishop and Michel H. Salaman through the Contemporary Art Society 1941.
Coll: As for N05418.

One of the later illustrations to Wuthering Heights. The artist still has a number of detailed studies of the girl lying on the ground. The background is based on studies made in a French barn. The scene does not appear to be a direct illustration, but there is a reference in Chapter 3 to the garret where the children were sent with Joseph on wet Sundays and sat on a sack of corn while he conducted a service.

A small etching of a girl in a similar pose is inscribed ‘Catherine's Dream’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I