1 year ago
The blue plaques for 2023 have been announced and it looks like Clapham could be getting a shiny new decoration.
Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927) was a pretty impressive person. An artist of the Pre-Rapaelite era, her career exceeded 60 years, and within that time she is said to have produced over 150 pieces of work. As well as being a painter herself, Marie modelled for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones and her portrait can be seen in many famous works. Marie studied under Ford Madox Brown and in a time where it was especially hard for a woman to be career driven, her success is especially unique.
In light of such an incredible life, the blue plaques panel have requested for a panel to be installed on the Clapham house where Marie began painting. The Georgian-era Manor House, nicknamed ‘The Shrubbery’ is located on Lavender Gardens and, with the blessing of the current owners, is where the blue plaque will live.
Prof. William Whyte is a trustee of English Heritage and the new chair of the blue plaques panel. Here’s what he said about the latest blue plaque plans:
“Every year, English Heritage’s blue plaques offer a glimpse of the very best of human achievement… I am particularly excited to recognise so many who fought for what they believed in… these are people who made a difference and it’s an honour to play a part in making sure that their contributions are remembered.”
We can’t wait to see Marie remembered in Clapham.