A selection of 44 ink and pen drawings by Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) will be exhibited for the first time between 2 Nov and 16 Dec at the Mayor Gallery in London, displaying Plath’s love for her “deepest source of inspiration”, art.
At the age of 20 she chose to pursue a career in literature despite her passion and talent for art, yet continued to draw illustrations to accompany her writing for her own pleasure.
The collection, which was passed onto Plath’s daughter, Freida Hughes, by her father, Ted Hughes, clearly shows the strong connection between Plath’s writing and artwork.
This is particularly prominent in the above image of a pair of shoes, entitled The Bell Jar, possibly linking with an extract from her infamous novel of the same name:
“I had removed my patent leather shoes after a while, for they foundered badly in the sand. It pleased me to think they would be perched there on a silver log pointing out to sea, like a sort of soul-compass after I was dead”.
The Bell Jar
Pen and ink on paper
Signed with initials, and titled in pencil upper right with annotations at bottom and on the reverse
Authenticated by Ted Hughes on the reverse in pencil