Dorothy’s Colour

Zoe Benbow and Sarah Corbett


The Wordsworth Museum

7th August – 16th September


Between 1800 and 1803 Dorothy Wordsworth wrote her now famous Grasmere Journals at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, as alongside her William Wordsworth composed his greatest poems. Dorothy’s Colour brings together an original series of drawings and paintings by Zoe Benbow, and a new poem sequence by Sarah Corbett in a three-way conversation with Dorothy’s intimately observed and highly coloured inner and outer landscapes. Dorothy’s Colour considers what it is to be a woman walking, writing and creating in the landscape, and steps into a mirror world of lakes and moonlight, sun shimmers and yellow gleams, and the dissolving of colour and form into the greenest green of a Lakeland spring.

The exhibition includes a display of extracts from Dorothy’s letters and other writings, exploring her relationship to walking and the landscape, curated by Katherine Robson.

On the path to Rydal, July 2017, Zoe Benbow


The exhibition will be accompanied by a creative workshop and a talk and reading by the artists on Saturday 16th September. 

Dorothy’s Colour is funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, The Friend’s Alumni Fund, Lancaster University, and a FASS IKE Award from Lancaster University.