It seems that American museums recognise Margaret Rope’s talent more than British.
I can’t think of a British museum that has any of her glass pieces, yet two of her early glass panels were snapped up at a recent art auction at Christie’s by American buyers. The pieces sold for more than three times their guide price at the auction in June this year.
The first, The Welle of Love (inspired by the Chaucer poem) is the better piece of the two, which means it may be later (?), but I have not been able to find a date of manufacture.
The second, Goblin Market, appears to be based on designs by Laurence Housman inspired by the Christina Rossetti poem; and is clearly a student piece, dated to 1905.
Both are just under two feet square, and, interestingly, are on poetic subjects that might have been chosen by any Pre-Raphaelite artist – yet Marga would concentrate in her later main career virtually completely on sacred scenes.
Internet searches now find Goblin Market on the Metropolitan Museum Online Catalogue, but there is nothing I could find about what happened to The Welle Of Love. I have been told it went to a Californian museum, possibly Los Angeles County Museum.
How crazy it is that a British museum did not acquire these pieces… wouldn’t it have been wonderful to see Welle Of Love in the brand-new Shrewsbury Museum!