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Francesca Woodman ‘was scarcely more than a child when she undertook a photographic soliloquy on her own person.’A deeply unhappy child, one is tempted to add, in the light not only of her subsequent suicide, but the melancholy, tentative and fitfully despairing tenor of her work – though one should resist drawing the obvious conclusion. Life and art are two different things, not always mutually inclusive, and genteel melancholia after all is photography’s natural state.
A late 18th/early 19th century onyx cameo brooch, by Morelli
A late 18th/early 19th century onyx cameo brooch, by Morelli Finely carved to depict the head of Bacchus, facing left, with a fruiting vine wreath in his hair and a lion's paw on his shoulder, mounted in yellow gold, signed Morelli, diameter 4.6cm