15. Patchwork Of Mothers – Pam’s Mummy

I don’t know the name of Mother 15, on my Patchwork Of Mothers, except that she is Pam’s mum from the 1988 Little Star annual. Nor, sadly, can I find the name of the illustrator.

All I know about Pam’s mum is, she likes birds, like Snow White.

If you have not been following this series, I should tell you that the legs above Pam’s mummy belong to Barbra Streisand.

I can only find this page from the book (see below), although the rest is probably somewhere in the house. It will be found by the HouseElves when I’m dead, no doubt.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

14. Patchwork Of Mothers – Mary Beale

Mary Beale, mother of Charles and Bartholomew, is the fourteenth ‘sitter’ on my Patchwork Of Mothers.

Born in 1633, she was Britain’s first female professional painter, and savvy business woman, earning more money than her civil servant husband.

Pretty flipping amazing.

The painting is a self-portrait, and shows her two sons (see below).

The square was cut from Face To Face, Autumn/Winter 2016, National Portrait Gallery.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

12. Patchwork Of Mothers – Artemisia Gentileschi

Mother twelve on my patchwork is Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c1656), the first female artist to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno.

Her mother died when she was twelve. Five years later she was raped by Agostino Tassi, friend of her father and a popular artist at the time.

A long trial followed, which shamed Gentileschi. It is believed, at one point, midwives physically examined her in front of a judge. Tassi was freed. He was friends with the Pope.

She had one daughter, Prudentia, who was also an artist.

The square, showing a self-portrait, was cut from the Royal Collections Trust leaflet below.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

11. Patchwork Of Mothers – Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand, the highest-selling female recording artist of all time, is square eleven on my Patchwork Of Mothers.

She has one child, Jason.

The picture (depicting the 1977 Superman album cover. Photo: Steve Schapiro), was taken from a leaflet from the Jewish Museum. Jukebox Jewkbox! A Century On Shellac And Vinyl, July – October, 2016. Front cover image credit: Oliver Hoffman/ Shutterstock

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

9. Patchwork Of Mothers – Sarah Forbes Bonetta

Sarah* Forbes Bonetta is mother nine on my patchwork.

Originally named “Aina”, Sarah, a princess of the of the Yoruba, was born in 1843.

Her parents’ names are unknown, as are the names of her siblings who were all killed in the 1847 slave raid that made Sarah a captive.

It is believed she was intended for human sacrifice, but was saved by a British naval officer, Frederick Forbes. He took her back on his ship, the HMS Bonetta – hence her adoptive name.

She was ‘given’ to Queen Victoria as a gift.

Later, she married  Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies, a wealthy Victorian Lagos philanthropist. They had three children, Victoria, Arthur and Stella.

She died, aged 37, from tuberculosis.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

Photograph by Camille Silvy, 1862. Taken from the NPG leaflet, shown below.

* In some accounts she is named Sarah, and in others, Sara.

6. Patchwork Of Mothers – Esther Williams

The sixth patchwork mother is Esther Williams, swimming champion and star of Hollywood ‘aqua musicals’. Whatever happened to that genre?

She had three children, Kimball, Susan and Benjamin.

You can see her in all her glory, here.

Picasso has given Williams extra pubic and underarm hair (bet MGM would’ve loved that) and drawn an amorous Jaume Sabartés beside her. Esther doesn’t seem to care, though.

Taken from an NPG leaflet: ‘Picasso Portraits’, October 2016 – February 2017. I can’t find a mention of the photographer, I guess Picasso didn’t worry about that sort of thing the way I do.

You can see the full patchwork, here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

4. Patchwork Of Mothers – Olga Picasso

Olga Picasso (Khokhlova) was a Russian ballet dancer and wife of Pablo. She is the fourth square (a 1923 portrait by Picasso) on my Patchwork Of Mothers. They had a son together, named Paulo, who features in a lot of Picasso’s art.

Here is an interesting excerpt from John Richardson’s biography. It’s Picasso’s mother doing the talking, upon first meeting Olga.

“You poor girl, you don’t know what you’re letting yourself in for,” she supposedly told her. “If I were a friend, I would tell you not to do it under any conditions. I don’t believe any woman would be happy with my son. He’s available for himself but for no one else.”

Whether Picasso’s mother said this or not, is irrelevant, I believe that last sentence to be completely true.

Very, very few woman have been able to give themselves so utterly to their work.

His second wife killed herself, as did a long-time mistress and his grandson. Paulo drank himself to death, I believe. However brilliant (and it is) his art, almost everyone related to Picasso was wounded by him.

Here is a little Picasso-related-something I made a few years back.

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The square was cut from the NPG leaflet, below.