Picture captures changing seasons

Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museums curator of exhibitions, with the picture.
Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museums curator of exhibitions, with the picture.
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Embroidered and printed more than a century ago, this beautiful picture draws on classical art and poetry to depict the cycle of the changing seasons.

Currently on display at Leeds City Museum the piece of work was created in 1913 and shows four women who represent a different season of the year.

Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite style, it is inspired by the poem ‘The Lapse of the Year’ by William Morris, which like the picture looks at each of the seasons in turn.

It hangs in the entrance to the museum’s special exhibitions gallery, which is home to For All Seasons, an exploration of the changing seasons and their influence on the world.

Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museum’s curator of exhibitions, said: “This picture is a beautiful depiction of the changing seasons which also demonstrates one of the many different ways that artists and writers have personified spring, summer, autumn and winter over the centuries.

“The seasons have always been an inspiration for culture and the arts and today we can see the impact they have on everything from film and television to music and books.”

For All Seasons, which is free to enter, features objects which illustrate the four seasons. They include vintage fashions, wildlife, some 100 year-old decorative Easter eggs, delicate ceramics, and paintings by world-famous Leeds artist John Atkinson Grimshaw.

Exhibits are displayed around a series of imaginative centrepieces in the form of a giant sandcastle, indoor tree, traditional sledge and hook-a-duck pond.

For All Seasons runs until August 28. For more details about the exhibition and the programme of activities please visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Seasons.aspx.

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