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The Love Potion
The Love Potion

Photo credit: De Morgan Collection

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Evelyn De Morgan painted several subjects using medieval themes and stylistic devices which had been made popular by the Pre-Raphaelites. These paintings included 'Queen Eleanor and the Fair Rosamund' and 'The Hour Glass'. The female figure in the painting has often been miscategorised as the devious witch from fairy stories, not least by Mrs Stirling (Evelyn De Morgan's sister) who described the painting in her 'Catalogue of the De Morgan Collection of Pictures and Pottery' as follows: 'A witch in bright yellow, with a callous, cruel face, mixing a potion to upset the lovers who are seen on the terrace in the distance. Along the shelf by her side are books upon Black Magic, one of which is inscribed "Paracelsus".' However, more correctly the painting should be categorised within De Morgan's series of allegoric paintings on the progress of the soul towards enlightenment.

Title

The Love Potion

Date

1903

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 104.1 x W 52 cm

Accession number

P_EDM_0035

Acquisition method

gift

Work type

Painting

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De Morgan Collection

England

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