Eleanor Vere Boyle: Illustrator of the Week

Beauty or Beast?

Boyle was familiar with many of the Pre-Raphaelites; Dante Gabriel Rossetti called her “great in design.”[6] She was a cousin of Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, another woman artist of her era.[7]

In 1893 Boyle published A Book of the Heavenly Birthdays, a small aid to meditation that combined her watercolors with poetry by William Morris, Christina Rossetti, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Walter Savage Landor and others. The book provides an example of “the eschatological thrust of much of her work….”[8]

Boyle was interested in garden design; she re-created the Evelyn garden at Huntercombe Manor in Burnham, Buckinghamshire from 1872 on.[9] She wrote books on gardening, like her Days and Hours in a Garden (1884), A Garden of Pleasure (1895), and Seven Gardens and a Palace (1900). Her The Peacock’s Pleasaunce (1908) is a collection of belle-lettrist essays.




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