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Celia Fiennes (1902-1998)   BIOGRAPHY

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Self Portrait, circa 1925
Unmounted (ref: 5340)

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Pencil, 10 x 8 1/2 in. (25.5 x 20.4 cm.)


 


Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist's Family

This exquisite self 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





Celia Fiennes (1902-1998)

Wood engraver and painter, a direct descendant of Celia Fiennes the seventeenth-century traveller. She 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.

Celia, also known as Molly, Fiennes studied with Noel Rooke at the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1924; he found her work with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, organising exhibitions; and she married him in 1932.
Rooke produced some sensitive studies of his much younger wife. 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.
In 1960 Celia moved to Culworth, Oxfordshire, where she resumed her own work, occasionally acting as a guide for the family seat, Broughton Castle, Banbury.

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