With all this desperate romanticism going on, it's a joy to indulge in the products of all that steamy, decorative creativity. J W Waterhouse was a direct artistic descendant of the Pre-Raphaelites and his work is a delight of mythical stories, dreamy, diaphanous dresses and breathtaking texture and colour. The azure-turquoise in Circe Invidiosa has to be seen to be believed. Anyone who delights in pattern, textiles and beautiful boys and girls should hot foot it to the Royal Academy now.
On our way home from the Academy we were stopped on our tracks by this stunning Liberty wall, with one daughter begging that we go home immediately and wallpaper the outside of the house. Inside was a lovely little exhibition of Liberty prints including a Wendy House covered in Liberty fabric. We want one of those too.