Charles Ricketts and Oscar Wilde’s Woman’s World (addendum)

392. Charles Ricketts and Oscar Wilde’s Woman’s World (addendum)

Ricketts is known to have drawn a honeycomb after an original in the natural history museum, and his early drawings display his knowledge of what was on display at the London museums at the time. His Pompeian woman is surrounded by objects that would have attracted visitors, such as a home altar and a tripod with figures of a sphinx and a goat’s leg. But Ricketts didn’t need to consult a friend at the museum (when young, he probably didn’t have one), or bring a letter of recommendation. He would roam the museum on his own, and look for objects that he could use in his illustrations, where they would not be depicted for their scientific interest, or for the idea of novelty, but to suggest a certain epoche, or cultural phase.