A01064 [from] MISCELLANEOUS DRAWINGS, MOSTLY SKETCHES FOR ‘WUTHERING HEIGHTS’ [A01064-A01073]
Presented by Mrs F. Samuel, Mrs E. Bishop and Michel H. Salaman through the Contemporary Art Society 1941.
Coll: As for N05418.
(i) CATHERINE LEANING ON A WALL
Pen and blue wash on paper, 11×8 1/2 (28×21); drawing framed with an outline, 9 1/4×6 1/2 (23·5×16·5).
An illustration to Chapter 9. Catherine is seen waiting for Heathcliff the night he ran away:
‘Catherine would not be persuaded into tranquillity. She kept wandering to and fro, from the gate to the door, in a state of agitation, which permitted no repose; and, at length, took up a permanent situation on one side of the wall, near the road; where, heedless of any expostulations, and the growling thunder, and the great drops that began to plash around her, she remained calling, at intervals, and then listening, and then crying outright.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
The artist’s extraordinary watercolours, based on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, reflected her frustration in her married life