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Sylvia Plath’s Sketches

June 12, 2012 | by

Those of us who weren't able to visit the exhibition of Sylvia Plath’s drawings on view at London’s Mayor Gallery in November may take some comfort in The Telegraph’s comprehensive slide show of the poet’s pen-and ink work. The delicacy and precision of her execution will come as no surprise to fans of Plath’s writing; her mastery of the medium may. Do look at the whole gallery, but below, find just a few demonstrating the range of her subjects.



  1. Peter K Steinberg | June 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The link to the slide show goes to The Telegraph, not to The Guardian.

  2. Becky Jewell | June 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I wonder who that man could be. An incredible portrait, either way, with elegant lines and a range of values.

  3. DaveG | June 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    It could be Ted, the crumpled hair looks right

  4. Patricia Cole Ashton | June 13, 2012 at 4:56 am

    delightful delicate sensitive work a joy , thank you

  5. ms. lisa marie | June 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

    i love these – i had not seen the cat one before, and that man is unmistakably ted. as i recall, she did several(all?)of these on their honeymoon, and/or one of their many trips together. such an incredible talent. ms. sylvia was so gifted in many ways.

  6. Peter K Steinberg | June 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Becky: Yes, that was a sketch of Ted Hughes. Frieda Hughes initially included it in the exhibit, but then withdrew it from the sale, deciding to keep it.

  7. Sarah Funke Butler | July 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Sadie, I love these! Some day I’ll show you my Sylvia Plath needlepoint (!).

  8. Denver Ejem Torres | August 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Becky Jewell, i think that man is Ted Hughes, her husband.

  9. jane agustian | August 28, 2012 at 3:00 am

  10. Michael Sowdee | June 13, 2015 at 8:19 am

    What a great talent.

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