ESCAPE INTO THE STARRY NIGHT: I went to the Tate Britain for the first time in nearly nine years today with a friend; ironic as I live a stone’s throw away from the gallery.
I saw some brilliant works of art that really served as inspiration of sorts, but this particular illustration by Frederick Walker really stood out in my mind. Walker’s image of ‘The Woman in White’ from Wilkie Collins’ revered 1859 novel, is wonderfully evocative.
You get the sense that you are seeing a spontaneous moment pan out a few metres from where you stand (especially when you see it up close in a gallery), wherein a robed woman silently and swiftly flees her home into the starry night, and ultimately the unknown.
Collins’ work was considered to be the first mystery novel, and I have to say that the cover image only adds to the intrigue surrounding the story, which I might now have to read!
This image was sourced from Tellers of Weird Tales’ Blogspot.