Artist Noel Rooke: Portrait of the artists wife, Celia Fiennes, late 1920s

Artist Noel Rooke (1881 - 1953): Portrait of the artists wife, Celia Fiennes, late 1920s

Noel Rooke (1881 - 1953):
Portrait of the artist's wife, Celia Fiennes, late 1920's
Framed (ref: 5341)

Watercolour over pencil, 15 x 11 in. (38 x 28  cm.)

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Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist's Family

This striking portrait probably dates to Fiennes time at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where she enrolled in 1924.  Fiennes studied under Noel Rooke, (whom she married in 1932) - together they  made a major contribution to the revival of wood engraving in Britain in the twentieth century.

Fiennes was the last survivor of the group of engravers chosen by Robert Gibbings to illustrated Golden Cockerel Press books between the wars. For him she illustrated Aesop's Fables, 1926, and would have added Nicholas Breton's Twelve Months, but meningitis meant that Eric Ravilious had to do it.
Fiennes also with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, organising exhibitions. Her absorption into the Arts and Crafts movement was deepened when she moved into the Rooke family home in Bedford Park, for several years living with her father-in-law Thomas Matthews Rooke, who had been associated with Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and John Ruskin.

Above image: Celia Fiennes marrying Noel Rooke, 1932