Wednesday, April 13, 2016

246. A Ricketts Detail: Darkness and Light

In a wood engraving from Daphnis and Chloe (page 51) - see last week's blog - some details show how Charles Ricketts adorned some corners with daily scenes that create an intimate atmosphere. 

Charles Ricketts, wood engraving for Daphnis and Chloe (page 51)
Another detail is a closet that hangs near the fireplace, on the wall, somewhat out of reach and rather high. On top of that we see a small object with a wisp of smoke.

Charles Ricketts, wood engraving for Daphnis and Chloe (page 51, detail)
One might think it is probably an incense burner, but judging by the form it is more likely that Ricketts drew a small oil lamp. It is dark outside - we can see that, because the door is open and the snow descends from the dark sky. A light in the room would not be superfluous, even if the cooking fire gives more light than the small lamp. The room doesn't seem to be too dark, though. Only at the back, near the stables, a dark patched area is visible. We don't see any shadows either. What time is it?


1866 Charles Ricketts 2016

In 2016 this blog will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Ricketts's birth on 2 October 1866.
Contributions are most welcome.