The Mayor Gallery in London has mounted an exhibition of forty-four pen and ink drawings executed by the late poet Sylvia Plath. Although the sketches seem oddly out of synch with the art of the period in which them were created, they do show meticulous craftsmanship and a good eye for composition. Plath’s drawings—landscapes, portraits, studies of common objects—are devoid of the personal angst and emotional engagement that permeated her written work. They seem to have been the result of a conscious effort to depart from the confessional style of her writing and record only the spare outlines of the physical world around her. Readers may recognize some of the images on display at the Mayor Gallery as illustrations included in paperback editions of Plath’s autobiographical novel The Bell Jar released in the 1980s. Several of the drawings date back to a 1956 honeymoon trip taken to Paris with her husband Ted Hughes. Had she overcome her suicidal tendencies, Sylvia Plath would have celebrated her seventy-ninth birthday yesterday, October 27. The exhibition of her drawings will remain on view at the Mayor Gallery through December 16.
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