Dinas Bran, by A. Rushout

Although it is NOT a drawing of dear Plas Newydd, it does prove that a visit occurred at some point between 1824 and 1832:

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by Anne Rushout. Yale Center for British Art has MANY images of Anne’s work, including other pictures from Wales. I think you will have FUN looking through them all, if you click on the ‘creator’ link near the top of the page.

Anne displays a somewhat ‘naive’ quality, but the scenes are vibrant when she includes what _we_ would rarely see, like this regatta of ships!

You can find further ‘RUSHOUT’ items, by clicking on the ‘search’ link and typing RUSHOUT in the box beside ‘creator’.

 

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Quilting Plas Newydd

For those who haven’t spotted Rose’s comment, I invite readers of “The Ladies of Llangollen” to visit (online) JAN WALLIS‘s delightful quilted creations, inspired by Plas Newydd:

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New sightings of “The Ladies”

Little brid feeder ion the Plas Newydd groundsAdded today, 4 February 2013, some sightings of Eleanor and Sarah during the years 1805 to 1809.

Of particular interest is Douglas’ entry and tour of the house. He puts you right in the rooms, beside him. A continued thank you to Michael for all these listings.

I’ve also added the Mary Parker (Lady Leighton) watercolors of the grounds around Plas Newydd. They are simply enchanting! My gratitude to Rose for sharing these with us.

Harvard: Sarah Ponsonby’s Album

Liz emailed me today about the Ladies of Llangollen holdings at Harvard University.

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The above is a “rear view” (detail) of Plas Newydd. Sarah’s album contents are ONLINE! Click on the photo, to visit HOLLIS (Harvard’s library database). The library also has a cover letter to Lady Douglas.

The album is described as “A books created by Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler… containing 2 watercolors of their cottage in Wales, a plan of the first floor, and an original poem in French.”

I LOVE the note that the album is “bound in quilted white and pink silk cover and enclosed in a quilted white and pink satin case with two pouches and embroidered in green and gold thread. Includes a netted silver thread purse with silver tassels.” A photo of the album itself (or the purse) seems not to be present.

Pity…

ALSO of great interest is a listing called SOUVENIRS OF Mme. DE SÉVIGNÉ, described as “10 drawings – pen and watercolor; bound volume containing views and plans of houses associated with Mme. de Sévigné”. By Sarah Ponsonby. W-O-W!

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