You can see that she was fond of what she saw,
the way a she-oak’s grey will break apart
to gold and purple; brown rocks
cluttering the foreground.
She made no concession
to nostalgia’s green longing –
her native grass is bleached of colour,
bush and distant ranges’ varying mauves
mark out shade’s intensity; she understood
a landscape reticent about its beauty
and painted what her eye saw.
The 19-th century work can be detected as the chemical dyes used have faded to a greyish-pink; while the medieval plant dyes have held their colour. The original dyes used have since been chemically analysed and identified as madder for red, weld for yellow and orchil for purple.
(Shona Martyn, ‘How to wash a unicorn’, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat. 23 Dec. 2017)
Describe the alterations effected in the disposition of the articles of furnitures?
A sofa upholstered in prune plush had been translocated from opposite the door to the ingleside near the compactly furled Union Jack (an alteration which he had frequently intended to execute) : the blue and white checker inlaid majolicatopped table had been placed opposite the door in the place vacated by the prune plush sofa : the walnut sideboard (a projecting angle of which had momentarily arrested his ingress) had been moved from its position beside the door to a more advantageous but more perilous position in front of the door : two chairs had been moved from right and left of the ingleside to the position originally occupied by the blue and white checker inlaid majolicatopped table.