If you watched all of the video recording of The Brilliant Brontes in the last but one post you will have seen Sheila Hancock inspecting and discussing the drawings of Jane Eyre with the artist Dame Paula Rego. By coincidence a week later one of the most prominent museums (yes, there are several!) in Cascais turns out to be devoted to the work of Paula Rego (and it has a nice cafe too). Shortly after our arrival we decided to take a walk and investigate.
The Casa das Historias opened in Cascais in 2009
Rego was born in Lisbon in 1935 to keen Anglophile parents who sent their daughter to an Anglican English language school in Lisbon and later to school near Sevenoaks and art school (The Slade) where she met her future husband Victor Willing. She became a naturalised British subject and was created a Dame of the British Empire in 2010. She divides her time between Britain and Portugal.
Here are some of her Jane Eyre works currently on display at the gallery Casa Das Historias in Cascais.
Paula Rego’s Jane Eyre
Paula Rego’s Lithograph Jane Eyre
The Book of the Exhibition
I had no room for the Paula Rego soaps in my luggage!