Art Expectations 205 prison flower



{Day 205 Page 223}
Characters:  Pip and Wemmick
Location:  Newgate Prison
Conditions:  Neglected, frowzy, ugly, disorderly, depressing [that’s bleak!]

Wemmick seems to know most of the prisoners and chats with them as they pass through. One prisoner tries to give him money but he won’t take it. “I’m only a subordinate” he says. Dickens compares the prison to a greenhouse, with the prisoners as plants and Wemmick as the gardener.

I used an old print of a formal double Camellia Japonica (Japanese Camellia) by an unknown Chinese artist as my reference for the flower. It’s a beautiful print created many, many years ago.

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