a little midweek loveliness

Jane and Cassandra Austen tending their garden at Steventon Rectory

Saw these wonderful naive cut paper collages by Amanda A. White on Etsy the other day. A former Londoner now living in the Canary Islands, Amanda specializes in depicting the homes of famous British writers — notably, the Romantics and the Bloomsbury Group.

For me it was love at first sight, especially since I’ve actually visited some of these places — Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, Keats House in Hampstead, Dickens House in Gads Hill, and Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in the Lake District.

Bronte Parsonage in Haworth
Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in Grasmere
Dickens House at Gads Hill, near Rochester

Amanda’s charming collages make me want to see all the other homes I didn’t know about before, especially Vanessa Bell’s Charleston Farmhouse (Vanessa was Virginia Woolf’s sister):

Pretty amazing what the right artist can do with old magazine clippings (mostly from Vogue and National Geographic). What’s also cool is how the Keats House Museum contacted Amanda after seeing her Keats House collage on her website. Now, her prints and cards are for sale in the museum gift shop!

Keats House collage that caught the eye of the Keats House Museum.
Keats House in Autumn (Wentworth Place, Hampstead)
Dickens Birthplace, Portsmouth

Sigh. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to step right into these pictures?

Find out more about Amanda’s Writers’ Houses Project at her website, blog and Etsy Shop. Check out the Christmas cards too.🙂

Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra walking to Steventon Church on Christmas morning.

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