Courtauld Gallery :Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings :16 June – 11 September 2016
Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of largely abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In 1871 Houghton rented a gallery in Bond Street and presented 155 of these works to an astonished London audience.
I went to this yesterday. You have to look at these amazingly detailed and multi coloured paintings with a large magnifying glass which is provided – in this way you are taken into the painting and see the amazing detail, the tiny lines and curls – wonderful.
I also went in all the other rooms and saw paintings by Seurat, Manet, Gauguin and etchings by Jasper Johns – a wonderful gallery