26 April 2011

Library: Artists' Handmade Houses

These are a mere sampling of the incredible photographs from my new favorite book: Artists' Handmade Houses.   Words by Michael Owen Gotkin and make-me-want-to-redecorate-my-world images by Don Freeman.
Available here.


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello WE:
These atmospheric images remind us of Clouds Hill, the writing retreat of T.E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], in Dorset. There is the same relative simplicity, earth colour palette, and feeling of isolation from the world at large.

Yes, we should certainly love this book too.

W.E. said...

Clouds Hill sounds like a place I would enjoy... the name alone is intriguing.... thank you for sharing Jane and Lance!

A Super Dilettante said...

My dear W. E., thank you for this fascinating post and the recommendation of the book. Like Jane and Lance, I was charmed by the simplicity of these interiors. I suppose if one is to be creative, one can't get too comfortable in life. I was reading the book by Lady Antonia Fraser the other day who writes about her husband, Harold Pinter, a playwright who didn't produce any major plays after he married to Antonia because he is TOO happy and also VERY much in love with her.

I'm currently doing a research about the artist's studios and the relationship between the artist and his muse.

There are two famous paintings which you would know. These two paintings talk a lot about the interior of the artist's place to work.

The Poor Poet by Carl Spitzweg (1839) and The Death of Chatterton(1856) by Henry Wallis.

This is more modern interpretation of Chatterton painting by a gay Indian artist who I very much admirie: his name is Sunil Gupta and here is the link to his website: The New Pre-Raphalitees 2007 -


W.E. said...

Dear SD, thank you so very much for this wonderful comment! I had never heard the story about Harold Pinter being too happy and too much in love to produce a major play....ah, the wonderful distraction of l'amour!

Your project sounds most intriguing! I am familiar with both these paintings.... I remember staring at The Death of Chatterton years ago when I first visited The Tate. Now, seeing the reinterpretation by Sunil Gupta I realize the iconic quality of the original painting. I hope you will be sharing your research on your blog!