Sonia Orwell

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Title Sonia Orwell
Artist Lee Miller
Year 1953
Location Farleys Garden
Town/City East Sussex
Country England
Format Modern
Description Sonia Orwell was assistant editor on the literary magazine Horizon when she met the writer George Orwell whom she later married in 1949 - two months before he died. Having looked after him in his final months, she became the executor and editor of his literary estate and did much to ensure that his heritage was afforded its due respect. Sonia Orwell was a close friend of both Roland Penrose and Lee Miller who has photographed her here as though she is giving Henry Moore’s Mother and Child sculpture a ride in the wheel barrow. Perhaps this is a metaphor for the way she cared for George Orwell; a figure of giant-sized importance.

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